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In the New Trailer of Black Mirror, Parenting turns Dark

Netflix is still teasing us with cryptic, bone-chilling trailers of Black Mirror’s upcoming season, with no release date in sight.

Starting since November 24, the creators behind the show are dropping season four hints that will lead to a 13th day surprise. They have just released a trailer for the episode directed by Jodie Foster, titled Arkangel, with a focus on a subject not seen on Black Mirror before – parenting. The episode stars Rosemarie Dewitt, Brenna Harding and Bloodline‘s Owen Teague, and described as a “mini indie-movie” by show creator Charlie Brooker. It revolves around the sudden disappearance of a mother’s child, and when she reappears, the mother turns to an experimental technology called Arkangel, dubbed the key to “good parenting”, in an attempt to ensure it never happens again. You can see where this easily gets terrifying.

Brooker has revealed little about the highly anticipated season. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter earlier this year, he (who writes every episode) remained quiet about the overall plot but promised to return with six new episodes of Black Mirror that will linger in the corners of your mind as much as the ones before. “We probably push it even further. I remember when we started doing season three, which was the first Netflix season, I said to myself that people always think we’re predicting the future and that we weren’t this time around. I felt that it was so far-fetched. But then, like you say, robot bees become a thing. So I keep thinking that this next season is pushed even further and there’s no way. But you can bet within five minutes Elon Musk is going to pop up with something,” Brooker remarked, in regards to the technological boundaries the show attempts to push.

As with every season, the upcoming series has a promising rotating cast of actors and directors. Aside from Jodie Foster, we will be seeing Fargo stars Jesse Plemons and Cristin Milioti, Westworld‘s Jimmi Simpson, Toby Haynes, Bloodline’s Andrea Riseborough, Tim Van Patten, Maxine Peake, Clint Dyer, and many more. How do they go about deciding who acts and directs each script, you ask? Executive producer Annabel Jones gave us some insight: “With the directors, it’s quite different to plan with an anthology show. Charlie is writing all of the scripts and comes up with all of the ideas, so when we start the season, we don’t have our six scripts on the table. We’re often a little last minute, shall we say? So he brings the scripts and tells bits and pieces and then we figure out the director. We respond to the script and find the best director for that episode who responds to the material. There’s lots of ways of interpreting the worlds, so you just want to make sure someone is feeding off the same things that inspired you in that script. Then actors will work with our wonderful casting director in the U.K., Jina Jay.”

Black Mirror is expected to be released in 2017.


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