Joel Edgerton Starring in ‘Dark Matter’ Sci-Fi Multiverse Series On Apple TV Plus

"Dark Matter" is based on the bestselling blockbuster novel of the same name by writer Blake Crouch.

"Dark Matter" is based on the bestselling blockbuster novel of the same name by writer Blake Crouch.


Apple TV Plus has announced Joel Edgerton will star in the Dark Matter sci-fi series adaptation coming to the streaming service.

Acclaimed, bestselling author Blake Crouch is serving as writer and showrunner, and Matt Tolmach is executive producing the new sci-fi series based on the bestselling novel of the same name.

Dark Matter is a new nine-episode series based on the blockbuster book by Blake Crouch; starring Joel Edgerton (Obi-Wan Kenobi, Boy Erased, Loving), who also serves as executive producer, the series will be written and showrun by Crouch, and will be produced for Apple TV Plus by Sony Pictures Television.

Hailed as one of the best sci-fi novels of the decade, Dark Matter is a story about the road not taken. The series will follow Jason Dessen (played by Edgerton), a physicist, professor, and family man who — one night while walking home on the streets of Chicago — is abducted into an alternate version of his life. Wonder quickly turns to nightmare when he tries to return to his reality amid the multiverse of lives he could have lived. In this labyrinth of mind-bending realities, he embarks on a harrowing journey to get back to his true family and save them from the most terrifying, unbeatable foe imaginable: himself.

Dark Matter will be executive produced by Matt Tolmach (Jumanji franchise, Venom, Future Man) and David Manpearl for Matt Tolmach Productions. Crouch will write the pilot script and serve as showrunner and executive producer on the series, and Louis Leterrier (Now You See Me, Lupin, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) is set to direct the first four episodes.

Dark Matter will premiere alongside an expanding slate of acclaimed and sweeping sci-fi series, including the third season of the Emmy Award-winning For All Mankind, also produced by Sony Pictures Television and created by Ronald D. Moore and Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominees Ben Nedivi and Matt Wolpert; and the highly anticipated second season of Foundation, the epic saga from storyteller David S. Goyer, based on the award-winning novels by Isaac Asimov.

Dark Matter novel

Amazon describes the Dark Matter novel as:

A mindbending, relentlessly surprising thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy.

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

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