Paapa Essiedu To Lead Sky ‘Groundhog Day’ Style Action Thriller ‘Extinction’

The I May Destroy You break out star will be the lead actor in the action thriller.

Extinction uses a similar narrative device to Groundhog Day (1993) and is written by Joe Barton, the newly-unveiled showrunner on HBO Max’s The Batman.

The eight-part series follows the story of George (Essiedu), who begins to re-live time after witnessing the world end. He is recruited into an organisation that harnesses this power to prevent global catastrophes but goes rogue in a bid to save the woman he loves. It’s billed as a gripping exploration of memory, fate, and the limits of love.

Produced by War Of The Worlds maker Urban Myth Films, the series also features Tom Burke (Strike), Anjli Mohindra (Bodyguard), and Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly). Marco Kreuzpaintner, the director of Amazon’s Beat, is set to direct.

Extinction is slated for 2022 and was announced as one of 125 new Sky originals, as the Comcast-owned pay-TV operator edges closer to its target of spending £1 billion ($1.4B) a year on content by 2024. The 125 series, films, and documentaries are up 50% on last year when Sky premiered shows including Gangs Of London that Essiedu also starred in as Alexander Dumani son of crime boss Ed Dumani (Lucian Msamati)

Extinction is executive produced by Baton, whose credits include Giri/Haji, and Urban Myth’s Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy.

Elsewhere on the Sky drama series slate, the broadcaster confirmed Wolfe from Shameless creator Paul Abbott which stars Guerrilla and Rogue One actor Babou Ceesay.

Essiedu is repped by ICM Partners and Curtis Brown.


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