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The Man Who Fell To Earth season 1 — date, cast, plot and everything we know

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris up for The Man Who Fell To Earth.
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Naomie Harris in The Man Who Fell To Earth. (Image credit: Showtime/Paramount Plus)

The Man Who Fell To Earth has now been made into a TV series, which is exciting news for fans of 1970s sci-fi who love the Walter Tevis novel (opens in new tab) and the iconic 1976 David Bowie film. 

Boasting a stellar cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, Bill Nighy and Rob Delaney, The Man Who Fell to Earth has aired in the US and is now available on Paramount Plus in the UK. It's a fresh take on the novel (and the Bowie movie) — so not a straight remake — although writer/director Alex Kurtzman promises it will pay tribute to previous versions of the sci-fi story. 

This new series follows alien Faraday, played by 12 Years A Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to save our future. Naomie Harris plays the brilliant scientist Justin Falls, who must conquer her own demons to save two worlds. 

Here's everything you need to know about The Man Who Fell To Earth...

When is The Man Who Fell to Earth release date?

The Man Who Fell to Earth is a 10-part sci-fi drama that started in the UK on Paramount Plus on Wednesday, June 22. A new episode of the show will be shown each week. 

All episodes are available on Paramount Plus in the US. 

Is there a The Man Who Fell to Earth trailer? 

Yes, a trailer for The Man Who Fell To Earth has been released so you can get your first look at Chiwetel Ejiofor, as an alien from another planet, right here.

What's The Man Who Fell to Earth plot?

The Man Who Fell To Earth follows alien Faraday (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who lands on Earth as his own planet fights for survival. He was sent to meet struggling mum and brilliant scientist Justin Falls (Naomie Harris) and warns her that his planet is dying and the Earth is on the same trajectory. Justin agrees to help him but the pair face huge obstacles, not least their own inner turmoil that could cost them their lives and jeopardise the fate of two worlds.  

The Man Who Fell to Earth cast

Chiwetel Ejiofor on playing alien Faraday

Talking about how he mastered the role of alien Faraday in The Man Who Fell To Earth, Chiwetel Ejiofor says: “You have to rely on the ways you’ve interacted with people, the way you’ve felt like an outsider, the way you’ve tried to belong. You have to bring that to playing the part to try to understand it. Inevitably, that kind of throws up this contemplation of your own journey, about your own personality.”

Chiwetel won a BAFTA for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in the 2013 movie 12 Years A Slave. He also played Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and was in the 2019 movie The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind. Chiwetel also had roles in Mary Magdalene, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and voiced the role of Scar in the 2019 movie The Lion King. He also starred in the film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Chiwetel Ejiofor will be playing alien Faraday.

Chiwetel Ejiofor will be playing alien Faraday in The Man Who Fell To Earth. (Image credit: Getty)

Naomie Harris as scientist Justin Falls 

Naomi plays top scientific boffin Justin Falls in The Man Who Fell To Earth. She has a host of big roles under her belt already, including playing Moneypenny in the James Bond franchise. She starred alongside Jude Law in the series The Third Day and played Madeline in the movie Collateral Beauty. She’s also appeared in Small Island, White Teeth, The Tomorrow People and some of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.  

Top scientist... Naomie Harris plays Justin Falls.

Top scientist... Naomie Harris plays Justin Falls. (Image credit: Alamy)

Who else is in The Man Who Fell To Earth cast?

Bill Nighy steps into David Bowie’s shoes to play the character of humanoid alien Thomas Newton, which has been incorporated into this adaptation of The Man Who Fell To Earth. Comedian and actor Rob Delaney, Westworld star Jimmi Simpson, Sonya Cassidy (Humans) and Ted Lasso’s Annelle Olaleye also appear.

Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy plays the Bowie role of Thomas Newton in this version of The Man Who Fell To Earth. (Image credit: Getty)

More about the 1976 movie The Man Who Fell To Earth

David Bowie in alien form in the 1976 movie 'The Man Who Fell To Earth'.

David Bowie in alien form in the 1976 movie The Man Who Fell To Earth. (Image credit: Alamy)

The 1976 movie The Man Who Fell To Earth became a cult phenomenon. It starred the late British rock singer David Bowie as Thomas Newton, an alien who had to pose as a human to save his dying planet. His planet was in the grip of a deadly drought but Newton had to battle the greed and ruthlessness of mankind to save it. Thomas was forced to create a global corporation and make billions to get water for his people. The movie also starred Candy Clark as Mary-Lou — a woman who falls in love with him — Bernie Casey and Buck Henry.  

Take a look at the movie trailer below...

David Bowie in The Man Who Fell To Earth

Alien Bowie! The Man Who Fell To Earth movie became a huge cult hit in the 1970s. (Image credit: Alamy)

All about The Man Who Fell to Earth novel

The book was written by the late Walter Tevis and published in 1963. It told of an alien, TJ Newton from planet Anthea, who journeys to Earth on a mercy mission but discovers nothing but loneliness and despair. Some of Tevis’ other works have also been adapted into films and TV series including The Hustler (opens in new tab), The Color of Money (opens in new tab) and the hugely successful The Queen’s Gambit (opens in new tab).

“I think it’s amazing and it’s beautiful that Walter Tevis is having his moment right now,” says director of The Man Who Fell to Earth Alex Kurtzman. “I wish he had more of it when he was alive so he could appreciate how much people appreciate his work.” 

Episodes of The Man Who Fell to Earth are available to stream on Paramount Plus in the US and will be available weekly on Paramount Plus UK from June 22. 

Nicholas Cannon
Nicholas Cannon

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television, film and sports stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.