In the wake of what 2020 had to offer, “Black Mirror” creator Charlie Brooker laid his dark science fiction anthology to rest indefinitely. Enter David Weil with a more optimistic take called “Solos.” Before making a second season of period piece “Hunters” for Amazon, Weil sought to produce something that would speak to pandemic-era themes of isolation and connection.
Taking what he learned from writing on the latest reboot of “The Twilight Zone,” Weil created his own sci-fi anthology limited series set in the near future. Embracing COVID-19 production constraints and employing a half-hour runtime unusual for the subgenre, most of the seven episodes of “Solos” take the format of a monologue.
This made the Amazon Prime Video project a dream for actors looking to return to their roots and Weil attracted a slate of even bigger names that includes Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Anne Hathaway, as well as three-time Emmy winner Uzo Aduba. Gold Derby interviewed all five of the miniseries’ other headliners, plus Weil himself for a conversation focused on this being his directorial debut. Watch at the six links below:
- Nicole Beharie (actress)
- Anthony Mackie (actor)
- Helen Mirren (actress)
- Dan Stevens (actor)
- David Weil (showrunner)
- Constance Wu (actress)
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