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 Paramount Plus network. The series — based on 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 Plus.

Paramount Plus is available on every major streaming platform. You can watch Paramount Plus on Roku and on Amazon Fire TV, on Apple TV, Android TV, and on various smart TVs. 

In the US it costs $4.99 a month if you don't mind advertising and $9.99 a month if you want to get rid of (most) ads. In the UK, Paramount Plus has a single plan, that costs £6.99 per month or £69.90 if you pay for a year's subscription up front.

In addition to The Man Who Fell to Earth, Paramount Plus also is home to a wealth of content from the greater ViacomCBS world, including the entire Star Trek universe, shows and movies from the MTV family of channels, movies 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

Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for and Mobile Nations and is the Dad part of Modern Dad.