Are you ready for the end of the world? It’s coming on Friday, January 5, according to Netflix.
Okay, maybe not the actual end of the world, but The End of the F***cking World (TEOTFW) Netflix Original series.
The End of the F***cking World: Plotline
This new show from the acclaimed graphic novel (of roughly the same name) centers on the adventures of two British teenagers: one a self-proclaimed psychopath and the other a foul-mouthed, rebellious young woman looking for adventure. Escaping their impending adulthood, they take to the road.
In the graphic novel by Charles Forsman, the two teens, James and Alyssa form a quick bond in the face of school and family pressures. But James’ sociopathic tendencies become more dangerous, and Allyssa turns a blind eye while James begins to act out on his violent imaginings.
TEOTFW’s Collaboration with Netflix
The show originally debuted in the U.K. last October on Channel 4, billed as a “dark comedy.” It’s being released in the U.S. as a Netflix Original series on Jan. 5th. And it looks awesome.
Netflix Originals has been working hard with Channel 4 to bring Brit edginess to television programming. Like Kiss Me First, which debuts later this year, the two networks have teamed up for both series, both teen comedic thrillers featuring dark contemporary plotlines.
Cast and Crew
The show stars Jessica Barden as Alyssa. Barden previously appeared in Hanna, Far from the Maddening Crowd, and Tamara Drew, for which she received an AFLS nomination for Young British Performer of the Year in 2010. Barden also spent a season as Justine on the paranormal drama, Penny Dreadful.
Alex Lawther plays James. Previous credits include playing the young Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, also currently on Netflix. This role won Lawther the ALFS Young British Performer of the Year Award in 2014. He also scored a Special Mention Dinard British Film Festival award for Departure in 2015. Other credits include an episode of Black Mirror in 2016 and the 2017 BBC miniseries reboot of Howard’s End.
The eight-episode Netflix series was adapted by Charlie Covell and produced by Dominic Buchanan Productions and Clerkenwell Films. Jonathan Entwistle and Lucy Tcherniak direct.
Check out the trailer for this dark road-trip story below, and get ready for the end of the world. And be warned… it has language.
Featured Image: Promotional via IMDb