Carrie-Anne Moss (the Matrix trilogy, Jessica Jones) has joined the cast for season two of Channel 4’s Human, the SF series about AIs trying to integrate with and be accepted human society.
Moss will play Dr Athena Morrow, a pre-eminent Artificial Intelligence expert who is driven by her own motives to create a new kind of machine consciousness.
Other new members of the cast include Sam Palladio (Nashville, Episodes) as Ed, a struggling café owner trying to breathe life into his family business while Marshall Allman (True Blood, Prison Break) plays Milo Khoury, a young Silicon Valley billionaire, founder and CEO of a leading technology
Filming is now underway on the second season of the Kudos-produced hit drama written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley. The eight-episode second season is slated to premiere in the UK in late 2016 and 2017 in the US.
The second season picks up several months after the events of season one, with Niska (Emily Berrington) still at large and in possession of the consciousness code. Her synth family, Mia (Gemma Chan), Leo (Colin Morgan) and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah), unaware of her location, are each trying to find their place in the world while Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Laura (Katherine Parkinson) attempt to mend their marriage. As unconfirmed reports of synths behaving inexplicably surface, the ripple effects of one simple yet seismic decision sees the past return dramatically and surprisingly to the door of the Hawkins house. Joe, Laura and the entire family are faced with a difficult choice that will put the family under an intense spotlight. As an emerging form of intelligent life – the synths – and an established one – humanity – fight for their places in the world, a thrilling multi-stranded narrative evolves which continues to ask: who has the right to determine what it means to be alive?
Last year Sam Vincent has this to say about season two: “One of the ways we’re going to approach it is to move the world on a little bit. I’m not talking jumping ahead years or anything, just a few months. But what I mean is the synths in society: we’re going to the next level. They’ve gone a bit deeper. They’ve moved into new areas of employment. They’ve moved into new areas of our personal lives… You’re not coming back to a status-quo society. Things are developing fast, as technology does in all areas. There’s lots of new, society-wide effects which we’re going to tell stories in.”