Lonnie Corant Jaman Shuka Rashid Lynn, better known as Common, is the most recent name to join the cast of the upcoming Apple TV+ dystopian sci-fi series Wool. In case you’re unfamiliar with the source material — Hugh Howey’s bestselling novel series of the same name — we’ll share the streamer’s official synopsis for reference.
Per Apple TV+, “Wool is set in a ruined and toxic future where a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them.” According to one Washington Post review of the series’ source material, “Wool is the kind of sci-fi novel you can give to those who love the genre and those who never read the stuff.” It follows suit that viewers with or without a predilection for a project of its type can anticipate the upcoming series, as well as its all-star cast.
Rebecca Ferguson is amongst the series’ executive producers and will also star in Wool as Juliette. The actor is no stranger to the sci-fi genre, and come October 21, you can see her in Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Frank Herbert’s seminal novel, Dune. She also recently appeared opposite Hugh Jackman in Lisa Joy’s sci-fi feature Reminiscence as Mae. Plus, Ferguson gave a breakout performance as Jenny Lind in the 2017 biographical musical The Greatest Showman so fans of that genre can take in the versatility of her work via the upcoming sci-fi series.
David Oyelowo is another announced cast member of Wool who is familiar with the style of the project. He appeared in Christopher Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi drama Interstellar and recently played Aaron in this year’s dystopian sci-fi feature from Doug Liman, Chaos Walking. Then there was Oyelowo’s performance as Adewole in George Clooney’s 2020 post-apocalyptic film The Midnight Sky. In it, the actor built believable on-screen chemistry with Felicity Jones, who played his character’s partner in both work and life. In Wool, Oyelowo will play Holston, the silo’s sheriff and husband to an IT worker named Allison (Rashida Jones).
It remains to be seen if Oyelowo and Jones will also build a believable on-camera relationship between their characters, but the latter certainly brings her own related experience to the series. She appeared in Drake Doremus’ 2018 sci-fi romance Zoe, and Jones also snagged a writing credit for the first episode in season three of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror series. Aptly titled “Nosedive,” the episode reflects a dystopian American society in which people are ranked according to a Yelp-like app that adjusts after every social interaction they have. In such a world, a person’s rating not only translates to a type of currency but also reflects their status in society.
The people who populate the dystopian world Howey created with Wool also live within starkly-delineated classes of status, with mechanics living in the bottom third of the silo, IT people in the middle, and the professional class at the top. Time will tell how the onscreen adaptation represents that aspect of its source material, but we can confirm one more fact about the series’ cast. Oscar-winner Tim Robbins — who appeared in Michael Almereyda’s 2017 sci-fi drama Marjorie Prime — is slated to play Bernard, the head of IT for the silo. And while Apple TV+ has yet to announce the release date for Wool, you can anticipate in the meantime the performances of its announced all-star cast members, with their combined wealth of experience in the dystopian sci-fi genre.