It was ‘Blade Runner‘ that pushed the works of Philip K. Dick into the spotlight of mainstream Hollywood, and now, one of his novels, ‘The Man in the High Castle’, which came out in 1962, has been made into a television show. As with most of the author’s works, this show includes elements of dystopic science fiction but also goes beyond to account for alternate universes and timelines.
‘The Man in the High Castle’ airs on Amazon Prime, and first premiered on January 15, 2015. It has been created by Frank Spotnitz, who is best known for his work on ‘The X-Files‘. As mentioned, the story is set in a dystopian alternate timeline, where we see Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan have managed to divide the USA into the Greater Nazi Reich in the east, with New York City serving as the regional capital, and the Japanese Pacific States to the west, where San Francisco is the regional capital. The territories are separated by a neutral zone, that is, the Rocky Mountains. When the series starts in 1962, we are introduced to characters whose destinies intertwine when they come across footage that shows Germany losing the war. The show’s title is a reference to the mysterious figure who is believed to have created this footage.
Before you go on to read about ‘The Man in the High Castle’ allow us to point out that the show begins with a haunting rendition of Edelweiss. The rest has been summed up well by critics who have said, “By executive producer Ridley Scott, ‘The Man in the High Castle’ is unlike anything else on TV, with an immediately engrossing plot driven by quickly developed characters in a fully realized post-WWII dystopia.”
The Man in the High Castle Cast: Who is in it?
The cast of ‘The Man in the High Castle’ is led by Alexa Davalos, of ‘The Mist‘ fame, as Juliana Crain, an aikido trained young woman who rebels when she gets to know of the man in the high castle and his films, Rupert Evans as Frank Frink, Juliana’s boyfriend who later begins to work with the American resistance, Luke Kleintank as Joe Blake, the newest recruit of the American resistance who actually works under SS Obergruppenführer. However, when he falls in love with Juliana, he questions his allegiances. Other cast members are Rufus Sewell who appears as John Smith, an SS Obergruppenführer, DJ Qualls, who appeared in ‘Breaking Bad‘, appears as Ed McCarthy, Frank’s friend, and co-worker, while Joel de la Fuente is seen as Chief Inspector Takeshi Kido, the merciless head of the Japanese army’s police, stationed in San Francisco.
In the upcoming season, apart from the recurring cast members, there will be some new faces like Frances Turner, known for ‘The Gifted‘, who will play the part of Bell Mallory, a character who escapes a Nazi concentration camp and flees to the Japanese Pacific States to join a guerilla movement that is composed of black liberationists. Cle Bennett, who appeared in ‘Homeland‘, plays Elijah, who joins the movement with Bell. The final addition is Rich Ting who plays the part of Captain Iijima, someone working closely with the ruthless Takeshi Kido.