Amazon has just recently released the full-length trailer for the American remake of the hit TV series, and it is chaotic. Inspired by the British television series of the same name created by Dennis Kelly, the eight-episode series is created by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Dennis Kelly will also be executive producing the series.
Utopia is a conspiracy thriller about the end of the world which was foreshadowed in a comic book. A few comic book fans meet online and geek out over their obsession with the fictional comic book called Utopia. Becky, Ian, Samantha, Wilson Wilson and Grant (portrayed by Ashleigh Lathrop, Dan Byrd, Jessica Rothe, Desmin Borges and Javon “Wanna” Walton respectively) go through the comics and find threats to humanity predicted in the story.
What turned out to be a fun activity at first, takes a dark turn as the guys cross off threats like ebola and zika viruses which had already come and gone as predicted in the comics, making it too real to be fun. As they dig deeper, they find out about the conspiracy of biowarfare and a man-made disease that is gonna create the end of the world. It all comes to a boiling point when the group meets the supposed ‘fictional main character’ from the comic book, Jessica Hyde (played by Sasha Lane).
The show also stars acting juggernauts of John Cusack (From 2012 and Being John Malkovich) and Rainn Wilson (From The Office), the latter who plays a virologist who is trying to find a cure for a virus outbreak. The song ‘It’s The End Of The World As We Know It’ by R.E.M. plays in the background (which is both eerie and comical) of the trailer as the world seemingly descends into chaos.
The web series also co-stars Farrah Mackenzie, Christopher Denham and Cory Michael Smith. The series is a co-production between Endemol Shine North America, Kudos and Amazon, with showrunner Flynn executive producing alongside Jessica Rhoades (from Sharp Objects), Sharon Levy, Sharon Hall, Toby Haynes, Karen Wilson and Kelly.
Utopia will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 25.