Apple has unveiled the first trailer for its upcoming Invasion series. The show stars Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders) in the lead role, with Oscar-nominated and Emmy-nominated Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Star Wars Rebels) leading the way behind the scenes. Apple describes the show as a radical character-driven series. As we can see from the trailer, life on Earth is going to be very disrupted by alien invaders. What do they want? At this point, it’s not clear. But what is clear is that humanity is by no means ready to face the consequences of such a grandiose event.
The trailer opens with a view of a happy family going through their morning routine. Things seem pretty normal at first. But a disturbing voiceover, courtesy of Sam neill, starts which allows an unsettling vibe to seep in, even as we are fed more images of life progressing through the world, seemingly without a problem. Slowly but surely, things start to take a turn for the worse and this unsettling vibe deepens. Widespread power outages. Culture circles. Nosebleeds. It all translates into a lot of action and destruction. Chaos in its purest form. It’s only at the very end that we get our one and only glimpse of the looming alien threat. We are also presented with the slogan “Hold on to your humanity”.
David Weil (Hunters) is leading the show alongside Simon Kinberg. The show is written and produced by the couple. Jakob Verbruggen (The Alienist, The Fall) is in the chair of the director of the series. Verbruggen is also an executive producer. Audrey Chon (The Twilight Zone), Amy Kaufman (When They See Us), Katie O’Connell Marsh (Narcos, Hannibal) and Elisa Ellis are also executive producers alongside Andrew Baldwin (The Outsider). Baldwin is also on board as a writer.
Located on multiple continents, Invasion focuses on an alien invasion, offering different perspectives across the globe. The cast includes Shamier Anderson (Bruised, Awake), Golshifteh Farahani (Extraction, Paterson, Body of Lies), Firas Nassar (Fauda) and Shioli Kutsuna (Deadpool 2, The Outsider). For the most part, Apple is keeping things pretty vague with the plot. We’ll likely have at least one more trailer by the time it premieres this fall, which might add a bit more context. Or it may just be one of those tales that relies heavily on the relatively blind audience.
This is the latest flashy original show produced by Apple in an attempt to gain momentum in streaming gaming. Competing with heavyweights like Netflix and Disney +, the tech company has produced hits like The Morning Show and Servant, as well as breakout comedy Ted Lasso. But the service, as a whole, hasn’t really taken off yet. But streaming is the future and Apple has shown just how serious it is to have a footprint in this space. Apple will first release three episodes of the ten-episode first season. This will be followed by new weekly episodes, every Friday. Invasion arrives October 22 on Apple TV +. Make sure to experience the new trailer for yourself.
Topics: Apple TV Plus, Streaming