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Development: The Last Kingdom granted a fourth season; Darren Aronofsky's VR experience lands stellar venue

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Dec 21, 2018, 7:40 PM EST

Netflix grants a fourth season to its historical drama The Last Kingdom, and Darren Aronofsky's VR experience Spheres announces a Rockefeller Center launch date in our latest development roundup. 

Up first, The Last Kingdom will be back for another round of killings and priestly beatdowns. The announcement was made by the cast via the official Last Kingdom Twitter account, where star Alexander Dreymon announced to the rest of the cast (whose characters are still alive, anyway) that they'd be needed to suit up for Season 4. 

The Netflix series just wrapped up its third season last week, so this news will come as a relief to Arselings if they'd ever be returning to the Kingdom of Wessex again. There's no official release date at this point, but it's likely to premiere sometime in 2019. 

(via Twitter)

Next up, the Darren Aronofsky-produced VR experience Spheres will be granted a residency at The Rockefeller Center from Jan. 18 through Mar. 3 next year.  

The three-part series, written and directed by Eliza McNitt, is described as "a three-chapter virtual reality journey to uncover the hidden songs of the cosmos." Spheres was executive produced by Aronofsky, who helped land a seven-figure deal for the project at Sundance this year. Each of the three installments screened separately before it first premiered as a whole at the Venice Film Festival the past fall. 

The first chapter, Chorus of the Cosmos, is narrated by Stranger Things' Millie Bobby Brown. Songs of Spacetime, the second chapter, brings in Jessica Chastain from IT: Chapter 2. Punk godmother Patti Smith narrates the third chapter, titled Pale Blue Dot. Each 15-minute episode is viewed through an Oculus Rift headset in a special room set up by the Rockefeller Center. 

"We’ve poured our hearts into this experience and it’s a dream to have Spheres at Rockefeller Center. Together, we’re making virtual reality accessible to the public," said McNitt. "Now audiences can be transported from New York City to the heart of a black hole."

There's a limited window to see this groundbreaking project, so if you're interested in catching it, best to make plans now (you can learn more about how to get tickets here). Keep in mind, the residency ends just a few days before Captain Marvel hits theaters. 

(h/t /Film)