With a new Black Mirror season still very much in the embryonic stages of development, fans of the show are having to look elsewhere for their dystopian fix. And one Netflix movie in particular has stood out as the perfect Black Mirror replacement.
Spiderhead, starring Chris Hemsworth, is set to arrive on the streaming platform on June 17 and people are pretty excited for it. Take a look at the trailer below:
The synopsis details the main cast, as well as very dark plot, loosely based on a book by George Saunders of the same name.
"In a state-of-the-art penitentiary run by brilliant visionary Steve Abnesti (Chris Hemsworth), inmates wear a surgically attached device that administers dosages of mind-altering drugs in exchange for commuted sentences," it reads.
"There are no bars, no cells, or orange jumpsuits. In Spiderhead, incarcerated volunteers are free to be themselves.
"Based on The New Yorker short story by George Saunders, SPIDERHEAD is a genre-bending and darkly funny psychological thriller directed by Joseph Kosinski (TRON: Legacy, Top Gun: Maverick) and written by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick."
The feature film was first announced way back in 2019, where Chris Hemsworth and Jurnee Smollett were first revealed to be starring.
As CBR report, filming has continued in those intervening years, which primarily took place in Queensland, Australia.
The trailer release, which came out earlier this week, gives fans a insight into what they can expect next month and it's eerie undertones soon led to comparisons with Black Mirror, which was famed for its unsettling nature and dystopian settings.
"Looks like another episode of black mirror," one user commented on Twitter. Other users instead made the comparison based on George Saunders' original book.
"George Saunders' Escape from Spiderhead is my new favorite episode of Black Mirror," one person wrote way back in 2015.
George Saunders' Escape from Spiderhead is my new favorite episode of Black Mirror.— Emily Nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) January 11, 2015
As for Black Mirror, news came out last week that the hit Netflix show will return for a sixth season.
Exclusively detailed by Variety, the new series will have more episodes than Season five, which comprised of just three installments and starred Andrew Scott, Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace and Miley Cyrus.
A source close to the production told Variety that the latest season is even more cinematic in scope, with each instalment being treated as an individual film.
This is, of course, in line with recent seasons of Black Mirror, for which episodes generally exceeded the hour mark and boast Hollywood worthy production.
For the time being, Spiderhead looks set to fill the void until the Charlie Brooker creation returns.