Charles Dance Goes From ‘Game of Thrones’ to ‘Childhood’s End’

Charles Dance to Star in Childhood's End
Charles Dance attends the Moet British Independent Film Awards 2013 at Old Billingsgate Market on December 8, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan / Getty Images for The Moet British Independent Film Awards)

Charles Dance was the patriarch of the Lannister family in HBO’s critically acclaimed Game of Thrones and next he’ll be playing an alien overlord in Syfy’s Childhood’s End. Syfy’s planning a six hour miniseries based on Arthur C. Clarke’s novel, with the network targeting a 2015 premiere. Matthew Graham (BBC’s Life on Mars) adapted the book for the series and Akiva Goldsman (Lone Survivor) and Mike DeLuca (Captain Philips) are on board as executive producers. Emmy nominee Nick Hurran (Sherlock) is set to direct the miniseries.

“We are thrilled that Charles has picked Childhood’s End following his amazing work in Game of Thrones,” said Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Syfy.

The Plot:

Childhood’s End follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords. Karellen (Dance), the ambassador for the Overlords, makes first contact with Earthling Ricky Stormgren. Karellen’s comforting words and amazing technological gifts quickly win humanity’s favor, beginning decades of apparent utopia at the cost of human identity and culture. However, his refusal to reveal his physical appearance and insistence on dealing only through Ricky have some people questioning whether his intentions are truly benevolent.

-By Rebecca Murray

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