Actor Bill Nighy will play the alien ‘Thomas Newton’ in the TV series adaptation of "The Man Who Fell to Earth", developed by Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Walter Tevis, where "...the future of the planet is in the hands of an extraterrestial alien who arrives on Earth at a pivotal moment in history..." also starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Naomie Harris, Joana Ribeiro and Annelle Olayele, debuting on Showtime in 2022:
"..in the original book, Thomas Jerome Newton' is a humanoid alien who comes to Earth seeking to construct a spaceship to ferry others from his home planet, 'Anthea', to Earth.
"Anthea is experiencing a drought after nuclear wars, and the population has dwindled to fewer than 300. Their own starships are unusable for lack of fuel and 500 years of neglect. The Antheans have no water, an abundance of food that is slowly dwindling and feeble solar power.
"Like all Antheans, Newton is super-intelligent, but selected for this mission because he has the physical strength necessary to function in Earth's hotter climate and higher gravity.
"Arriving at Earth in a lifeboat, Newton first lands in the state of Kentucky.
"He quickly becomes familiar with the environment and forms a plan. Using advanced technology from his home planet, Newton patents many inventions, and amasses incredible wealth...
the head of a technology-based conglomerate, planning to use this
wealth to construct space vehicles for the rest of the Anthean
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