In this SDCC panel, Peacock Original Series: The Capture moderated by Philana Ng, Executive Producers Ben Chanan and Rosie Alison talk about the inspiration behind the show. “I realized that increasingly people are being convicted through video evidence more and more reliably. At the same time you can now get apps on your phone that are digital face transplants that are cheap, effective, and convincing,” Channan says. From these thoughts he posed the question of what would happen if those two worlds collided and The Capture was born.
“It’s pretty dynamic..Ben is a master storyteller. It makes you think. It’s got the big picture paranoia about the digital manipulation, but it makes you feel as well,” Rosie Alison elaborates on her thoughts about the show and how rare it is to find a storyteller that also is a writer/director.
Other panelists included Holliday Grainger (Patrick Melrose), Callum Turner (Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald), Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Hand of God), Laura Haddock (Guardians of the Galaxy), and Famke Janssen (X-Men).
During the panel, all of the actors praised the brilliancy of Ben Chanan and talked about what prompted them to take on the roles of these new characters. “When I read this piece I thought this is so of the moment. This is so timely. This whole notion of fake news and not knowing what’s real. Constantly having to fact check and double check everything,” says actor Famke Janssen.
The actors also pointed out how real this world that Chanan has created on screen parallels very easily with the real world in which we live. “I didn’t even know about the concept of CCTV until I started reading the script, then I went to London and every time I looked up, there was something looking back at me. This was something I hadn’t even began to fold into my consciousness,” says actor Ron Perlman.
Judging by the trailer alone, The Capture seems to be a series that will go on a mystical and unpredictable ride, which has the promises of a really good show. You can watch The Capture on Peacock, NBC Universal’s new streaming platform, now.