Game of Thrones's Charles Dance Will Star in Syfy's Childhood's End
Acclaimed actor Charles Dance, best known for his role as Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones, will star in the upcoming Syfy adaptation of the classic novel, Childhood's End.
Childhood's End, written by 2001: A Space Odyssey's Arthur C. Clarke, is considered to be a classic of sci-fi literature. It details a peaceful invasion by an alien species called the Overlords who eliminate war, institute a benevolent tyranny, and turn Earth into an ostensible utopia. But when their presence begins to give human children telekinetic powers, the consequences threaten the entire human race.
Dance will play Karellen, the leader of the Overlords, who interacts with an Earth inhabitant named Ricky. His official character description reads: "Karellen's comforting words and amazing technological gifts quickly win humanity's favor, beginning decades of apparent utopia at the cost of human identity and culture. However, his refusal to reveal his physical appearance and insistence on dealing only through Ricky have some people questioning whether his intentions are truly benevolent." The other starring role of Ricky has not yet been cast.
Childhood's End will be directed by Sherlock's Nick Hurran, and will be executive produced by Lone Survivor's Akiva Goldsman and The Social Network's Mike DeLuca. It will be a six-episode miniseries to air sometime in 2015.