The first full synopsis for Amazon’s upcoming sci-fi series The Man in the High Castle has been released, ahead of the pilot’s imminent unveiling.
The project bounced around development hell for a few years before finally finding new life at Amazon Studios, and the streaming service has quietly shot a pilot for the series that will soon be released publicly, along with a half dozen others, via Amazon’s cool (albeit unorthodox) pilot season process.
Here’s the first full synopsis for the series, giving us an inkling at how they’ll be adapting the alt-history tale:
Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternative history, The Man In The High Castle considers the question of what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. Some 20 years after that loss, the United States and much of the world has now been split between Japan and Germany, the major hegemonic states. But the tension between these two powers is mounting, and this stress is playing out in the western U.S. Through a collection of characters in various states of posing (spies, sellers of falsified goods, others with secret identities), The Man in the High Castle provides an intriguing tale about life and history as it relates to authentic and manufactured reality.
The hour-long drama pilot stars Alexa Davalos (Mob City) as Juliana Crain, Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars) as Joe Blake, Rupert Evans (The Village) as Frank Frink, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Mortal Kombat Legacy) as Tagomi, Joel De La Fuente (Hemlock Grove) as Inspector Kido, Rufus Sewell (Eleventh Hour) as John Smith and DJ Qualls (Z Nation) as Ed McCarthy.
The pilot is directed by David Semel (Heroes) and written by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), who both serve as executive producers. Ridley Scott and David W. Zucker are also executive producing, along with Jordan Sheehan (The Andromeda Strain), and executive producers Stewart Mackinnon and Christian Baute (The Invisible Woman).
The Man in the High Castle is one of six comedy and drama pilots on the network’s slate this season. All the pilots will be made available for viewers to review soon, and the network will make pick-up decisions based on the feedback.