by: Maggie Loyal
Jon Hamm and Oona Chaplin will co-star in the feature-length Christmas special of Channel 4’s BLACK MIRROR. The British anthology series, created by Charlie Brooker, taps into our unease of the modern world by depicting the darker side of life and technology. The show, which has previously aired two series, each containing three episodes, hinges on the idea of what is in our world and what could be. Carl Tibbets is directing with Barney Reisz producing. The special will consist of three interwoven stories and Hamm is set to play a character who appears across the story lines, linking them together.
Hamm is best know as the troubled and womanizing Don Draper in AMC’s “Mad Men,” a drama set in the 1960s about one of New York’s most prestigious ad agencies. He was last seen on the big screen in “Million Dollar Arm,” a sports drama from Craig Gillespie about an agent who stages an unconventional recruitment strategy to get talented Indian cricket players to play Major League Baseball. He is currently voicing a role in “The Minions,” Universal Pictures spinoff/prequel from “Despicable Me” that centers on one of the little yellow henchmen who get recruited by an organization to stop a super-villain plotting to take over the world.
Though Chaplin was featured in 2008’s “Quantum of Solace,” she became better known to American audiences through her role in HBO’s “Game of Thrones” where she played Talisa Maegyr, the nurse who married the ill-fated Robb Stark. She also starred in BBC’s drama “The Crimson Field.” The miniseries followed the lives of medics and the patients at a fictional field hospital in France during WWI. She recently wrapped filming on “Havana’s Heart & Beats,” a musical from Claudio Del Punta.