Black Mirror Release Date Appears Online, Mysteriously Disappears

Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - 3:54PM
Black Mirror
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 - 3:54PM
Black Mirror Release Date Appears Online, Mysteriously Disappears
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Black Mirror is coming back for a third season, and it might have a release date. But in a fittingly Orwellian fashion, it has been removed from the internet (for the most part), which is definitely something that would happen in the Black Mirror universe.

The release date originally appeared on sites like Hitfix and New York Observer, both of which have 404 errors now. That probably means that Netflix wasn't ready to reveal the release date, so we're left with the last refuge of the spoiler-happy internet: Reddit, of course. A self-post from user _ronty12_ tells us that the third series will premiere on October 21 of this year and that it will consist of six episodes. It was previously reported that Netflix's revival would consist of 12 episodes, but it would make sense if that were split into two UK-length series. 

We have no official confirmation, so take this with a grain of salt, but the post seems to be consistent with what we already knew about the revival. We already knew that Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones would be back as showrunners, that Brooker would once again write all of the episodes, and that big names like Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alice Eve and Bryce Dallas Howard have been added to the cast. It's also been confirmed by official sources that prestigious directors like Joe Wright (Atonement) and Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane) will direct episodes. 

According to the new intel, the full casting and direction breakdown for the six episodes is as follows (courtesy of Reddit user kulapik):

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Episode 1: San Junipero. Starring Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Directed by Owen Harris.
Episode 2: Shut Up and Dance. Starring Jerome Flynn and Alex Lawther. Directed by James Watkins.
Episode 3: Nosedive. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve and James Norton. Directed by Joe Wright.
Episode 4: Men Against Fire. Starring Michael Kelly, Malachi Kirby and Madeleine Brewer. Director not yet known.
Episode 5: Hated in The Nation. Starring Kelly MacDonald. Directed by James Hawes.
Episode 6: Playtest. Starring Wyatt Russell and Hannah John-Kamen. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg.
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Plot details are not yet known, but hopefully we can trust that the episodes will be just as forward-thinking, dark-hearted, and twisted as the previous two series. And, after this awesome fan video made by Patrick H. Willems, we hope that one of the episodes explores the dark ramifications of Pokemon GO!

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