Joel Edgerton To Star in Apple TV+’s DARK MATTER Series

Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter is coming to Apple TV+. And the author is going with it. The streaming site has announced he will serve as both writer and showrunner for its limited-series adaptation. We already know who will star on it, too. Kenobi‘s Joel Edgerton will play a scientist who learns just how different his life could have been.

Red book cover for Dark Matter next to Joel Edgerton wearing glasses
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Apple TV+ has announced (in news we first heard at Variety) a nine-episode limited series adaptation of the sci-fi novel Dark Matter. It’s based on Crouch’s 2016 novel of the same name. The story explores the idea of parallel universes and sliding door moments in our life. A concept that turns out to be more real than anyone can imagine. Here’s the synopsis from Apple:

Hailed as one of the best sci-fi novels of the decade, Dark Matter is a story about the road not taken. The series will follow Jason Dessen (played by Edgerton), a physicist, professor, and family man who — one night while walking home on the streets of Chicago — is abducted into an alternate version of his life. Wonder quickly turns to nightmare when he tries to return to his reality amid the multiverse of lives he could have lived. In this labyrinth of mind-bending realities, he embarks on a harrowing journey to get back to his true family and save them from the most terrifying, unbeatable foe imaginable: himself. 

We know our readers will be excited to watch. You voted for Dark Matter as our April selection for Nerdist Book Club.

Edgerton will also serve as an executive producer on the show from Sony Television Productions. As will Crouch, Matt Tolmach (Jumanji, Venom), and David Manpearl for Matt Tolmach Productions. Crouch will also write the pilot. Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) will direct the first four episodes. In addition, Jennifer Connelly has now joined the cast as Daniela, Jason’s wife, per Variety.

Did your vote lead to this show happening? Or is that just a coincidence? There’s no way to know. That is unless someone checks a parallel world where you picked something else. Maybe pop over to that dimension and tell us if this series still happened.

Originally published on March 29, 2022.

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