David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the acclaimed duo behind the Emmy-winning Game of Thrones on HBO, have returned to the television arena with a new Netflix show, '3 Body Problem.' In an exciting revelation on Saturday, Netflix debuted the first teaser trailer for this sci-fi series, signaling its premiere in January 2024.
The unveiling occurred during Netflix's annual TUDUM fan event, an international celebration that spotlights sneak peeks and exciting announcements about the streaming service's upcoming roster. This occasion marked the first-ever public glimpse into Benioff and Weiss's latest creation.
Game of Thrones to 3 Body Problem: A Shift
Veering away from the medieval fantasy milieu of George R.R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire,' from which Game of Thrones was adapted, '3 Body Problem' takes inspiration from a different kind of literary cosmos.
Penned by Cixin Liu, these novels weave a narrative wherein a clandestine military endeavor during China's Cultural Revolution inadvertently communicates with a dwindling alien society. The show's official synopsis teases a ripple effect from the past to the present: "A young woman's choice in 1960s China echoes into the lives of a cluster of modern-day geniuses.
As reality's fabric frays, these five former colleagues band together to face the most formidable threat humanity has ever encountered." Adding a familiar face to the new series, John Bradley, known for his role as Samwell Tarly in Game of Thrones, joins the cast.
The unveiled teaser showcases Bradley in his new role, gently ushering a winged insect from his hand. A voice in the teaser resonates, "As children, we fear the dark... Life looks for life." The series also boasts a star-studded cast featuring Jess Hong (Creamerie), Benedict Wong (Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), Jovan Adepo (Babylon), and Alex Sharp (The Trial of the Chicago 7).
Weiss shared some insights with EW about the show: "It's quite dissimilar to Game of Thrones but occupies a similar territory. It's a sci-fi narrative unfurling across the expansive canvas of space-time, bearing as many visual effects as Thrones did and hitting similar emotional notes, yet also charting its unique path." The series is masterminded by Alexander Woo, known for 'True Blood' and 'The Terror,' who serves as showrunner, executive producer, and writer, working with Benioff and Weiss.
The production team includes Game of Thrones veteran Bernadette Caulfield, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Knives Out director Rian Johnson, and renowned actors Brad Pitt and Rosamund Pike as executive producers.