‘Cleverman’ is an Australian drama television series which airs on ABC in Australia and Sundance TV in the US. Based on a concept by Ryan Griffen and written by Michael Miller, Jon Bell, and Jane Allen, the show follows some Aboriginal people or “Hairypeople” with extraordinary abilities who are marginalized by humans and live in a special, designated area called the Zone in a not-so-distant future. The show, understandably, has sci-fi elements and is deeply rooted in Aboriginal mythology. Further, it also provides insightful commentary into contemporary issues such as the marginalization of minority communities, racism, border protection, and dealing with asylum seekers.
Season 1 of ‘Cleverman’, consisting of six episodes, premiered on June 1, 2016 in the US, and received outstanding reviews from television critics and viewers alike. Understandably, ABC wasted no time in renewing the show, which returned with a six-episode second season on June 28, 2017. Since then, fans of the show have been eagerly waiting for news on a third season. Here’s everything we know about it thus far.
Cleverman Cast: Who is in it?
For a show that is relatively new, ‘Cleverman’ has several many characters.
Hunter Page-Lochard plays the role of the main protagonist, Koen West, a young Hairy boy who escapes marginalization and lives among humans, hiding in plain sight. Koen and his friends run a pub, and for money, they smuggle Hairypeople into human settlements and hand them over to the Containment Authority (CA). Despite being a morally grey character, Koen ends up inheriting the powers of Cleverman, and tries to unite a world which is starkly divided.
Rob Collins, meanwhile, plays the role of Koen’s older half-brother, Waaru West. An activist fighting for equal rights between humans and sub-humans (Hairypeople), Waaru’s already strained relationship with Koen becomes toxic when the latter becomes Cleverman.
Deborah Mailman plays the role of Aunty Linda, Koen’s adoptive mother and Waaru’s biological mother who lives in the Zone is and stricken by cancer. Iain Glen of ‘Game of Thrones’ fame plays the role of Jarrod Slade, an enterprising man with an agenda involving Hairypeople an Koen. Frances O’Connor plays Jarrod’s wife Dr. Charlotte Cleary, who runs a clinic in the Zone. Ryan Corr, meanwhile, steps into the shoes of Koen’s childhood friend Blair Finch, while Stef Dawson plays Blair’s girlfriend Ash Kerry.