Starring in Marvel and Game of Thrones

Benedict Wong waves his hand while dressed in a crisp blue suit and tie.

Benedict Wong at the premiere of Gemini mand on October 6, 2019 in Hollywood.
Photo: Frazer Harrison (Getty pictures)

We do not know how much money Netflix has paid to buy the customization rights Liu Cixin‘s best-selling sci-fi series Remembrance of the Earth’s Past, men we heard rumors Amazon tried to catch them for $ 1 billion. Then Netflix reportedly paid Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss $ 200 million for services, including overseeing the adaptation of the first book in trilogy, 3-Body problem. Now Netflix has spent even more money, for the series’ first dozen stars have been released, and that’s quite a list.

As Deadline reports, Benedict Wong (Dr. Strange and other MCU films), Tsai Chin (Shang-Chi and the legend of the 10 rings), and Game of Thrones stars Liam Cunningham (who played Davos) and John Bradley (who played Samwell Tarly) are probably the most recognizable names for io9 readers. But there is also Sea Shimooka that played Oliver’s unknown half-sister Emiko continues Arrow, and Jovan Adepo, who played the young Will Reeves in Guards TV series. We knew that Baby driverEiza Gonzales’s Eiza Gonzales was in negotiations to join the project, but you can consider her officially signed –-onelong with Jess Hong, Marlo Kelly, Alex Sharp, Zine Tseng and Saamer Usmani.

3-Body problem (which seems to be how Netflix has the title of it instead the traditional “three”) is about an astrophysicist who sees his father killed under China Cultural Revolution. Later, she discovers an alien civilization on a planet dangerously trapped between three stars and invites them misanthropically to invade Earth. When the news hits, different factions of humanity emerge with very different ideas of what to do now.

If there’s any chance that Netflix paid a billion dollars for the rights to these books, you know it’s going to be a lavish sum of money to make. 3-Body problem as extravagant as a sci-fi series can be, so maybe we will get the series in 2022, even if I would not bet on it.

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