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Chiwetel Ejiofor to star in 'The Man Who Fell to Earth' on Paramount Plus

Chiwetel Ejiofor
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ViacomCBS today announced that it's bringing a series version of The Man Who Fell to Earth to its upcoming Paramount+ network. The series — based off the book by Walter Tevis and which was made into a movie starring David Bowie — will be led by Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, The Martian, Doctor Strange).

The Man Who Fell to Earth tells the story of an alien who comes to Earth and has to face his own past to help determine our future.

“Chiwetel Ejiofor’s stage and film career are staggering in their bravery, commitment and quality,” Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, co-showrunners and executive producers, said in a press release. “He’s everything we could imagine and a million things we can’t. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

No word yet on when, exactly, to expect the series, though we know it'll be after March 4, which is when CBS All Access becomes Paramount+.

CBS All Access (and Paramount+) is available on every major streaming platform. You can watch CBS All Access on Roku and Amazon Fire TV, on Apple TV, Android TV, and on various smart TVs. It costs $5.99 a month if you don't mind advertising, and $9.99 a month if you want to get rid of most ads. And you can use CBS All Access to watch your local CBS affiliate. You also can watch Super Bowl LV on CBS All Access.

In addition to The Man Who Fell to Earth, CBS All Access/Paramount+ also is home to to wealth of content from the greater ViacomCBS world, including the entire Star Trek universe, shows and movies from the MTV family of channels, films from the Paramount library, and a host of other new exclusives like the latest reboot of Steven King's The Stand, Jordan Peele's reboot of The Twilight Zone, The Good Fight, and more.

Phil Nickinson

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