HBO Max is making the bestselling, dystopian novel Station Eleven into a series. Today Deadline reported the casting of two leads, Mackenzie Davis (Halt and Catch Fire, Terminator: Dark Fate) and Himesh Patel (The Aeronauts, Yesterday).

The award winning Station Eleven was written by by Emily St. John Mandel. The multiple timeline book follows a Shakespearean theatre company in the Great Lakes region of the United States after a swine flu epidemic known as the Georgia Flu kills most of the world’s population and technology. In additions to the hardships of living in a post apocalyptic world, there is a mysterious self-proclaimed prophet traveling the area. 

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Davis has been cast as Kirsten, who was a young survivor of the Georgia Flu and is now a member of the Shakespearean theatre company. Patel will play Jeevan, another survivor who used to be a photographer then a paramedic.

Station Eleven will be a 10-episode limited drama series. The show is being adapted for television by Patrick Somerville who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer.

From the Knopf jacket cover:

An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, from the author of three highly-acclaimed previous novels.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor’s early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as The Travelling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.”





Audrey Kearns