Several months after Miley Cyrus was cast, Netflix’s Black Mirror has added Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to its Season 5 roster, Deadline reports. Coincidentally, both actors have appeared in superhero franchises. Mackie portrays Falcon in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Abdul-Mateen II was Black Manta in the DC Extended Universe’s Aquaman.
Along with his role in Black Mirror, Anthony Mackie is slated to play the lead in the second season of Netflix’s Altered Carbon. Meanwhile, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is becoming a bit of a “Scream King” as he’s starring in both Jordan Peele’s Us and the forthcoming Candyman remake.
Black Mirror is a British anthology series wherein every episode features a self-contained story. Most of these stories are science fiction in nature with an emphasis on computers and technology. The show was created by Charlie Booker, and it originally aired on Channel 4 from 2011-2014 before migrating to Netflix in 2016. Two episodes—”San Junipero” (Season 3) and “USS Callister” (Season 4)—have in total won six Emmy Awards. Both of which won for “Outstanding Television Movie.” Since its Netflix move, the series has gained a wider audience.
Netflix has yet to comment on Mackie and Abdul-Mateen II’s roles in the upcoming season of Black Mirror. Although they’ve been very quiet about the series in general since the advent of the interactive experience that is Bandersnatch.
Fans have been speculating about the release date of Season 5 since Bandersnatch dropped. Some thought the season had already been filmed, but that may not be the case if they’re still casting actors. Series creator Charlie Booker told RadioTimes back in January of this year, “It’s all imminent-ish. [Season 5 will] be out soon“. Yay!