Academy Award Winner William Hurt has signed on for a role in the new AMC science fiction series ‘Humans’.
The series will see the actor exploring the age old question of man verses machine.
The series, which will also star Colin Morgan of ‘Merlin’ fame is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ — a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart.
Hurt will play George Millican, a widower who forges something akin to a father-son relationship with “his out-of-date synth Odi.”
Humans will also star Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, The Honourable Woman), as an ambitious working mother with “unresolved demons”; Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr. Selfridge), as her concerned husband; and Gemma Chan as Anita, the “pliant, servile automaton” purchased by Tom who “every now and then, does something inexplicable. Something…almost human.” Other cast members include Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It) and Neil Maskell (Utopia).