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The Three-Body Problem, the story of humanity’s first contact with an alien civilization inspired by the triliogy novel series of Liu Cixin, will be adapted as a Netflix series from David Benioff, D.B. Weiss and Alexander Woo.


The books portrays a more advanced Earth-like planet in the next star system, whose universe consists of three solar-type stars orbiting each other in an extremely complex orbital system, the computation of which is the three-body problem. Can our Earth come up with a plan to repeal an invasion from a more advanced civilization in the time it takes them to cross a galaxy from their planet to ours. Can the people of Earth work together if we can not be sure which side each person is on. Earth races time and space searching for a solution.



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WHAT THE WHAT??????????

Filming completed for Chinese TV adaptation of The Three-Body Problem

Oh, this is the 24 Episode Live-Action TV version filmed in Chinese for a Chinese audience. It took about six months to film and was in development for more than four years. I wonder how they handled "Diversity" since this is a story has a World scope, not just a Chinese scope. I should watch "The Wandering Earth" on Netflix to get an idea, since it is another story written by Cixin Liu and made in China, that focuses on Global matters.

An animated adaptation of the novel, announced last year as a project by Chinese online video sharing platform Bilibili, is scheduled for release next year.

Netflix better get their butts in gear or everybody will know the story and the market will be saturated. As far as I can tell, the Netflix version is still in it's earliest developmental stages.

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Derek Tsang to Direct Netflix’s ‘Three-Body Problem’ From ‘Game of Thrones’ Showrunners (Exclusive)

Hong Kong filmmaker Derek Tsang — whose 2019 film Better Days swept the Hong Kong Film Awards and was nominated for best international feature film at the Oscars — will helm the drama’s first episode and help set the tone for the ambitious series.

No casting has yet been announced on the project, but Eiza González (I Care a Lot) has reportedly been in talks to join.

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Finally some major traction as at least 12 cast members selected.


Tsai Chin


(L-R)  Benedict Wong,   John Bradley,    Liam Cunningham


(Top L-R)  Jovan Adepo,   Eiza Gonzalez,   Jess Hong,   Marlo Kelly

(Bottom L-R)  Alex Sharp,   Sea Shimooka,   Zine Tseng,   Saamer Usami

The cast now includes:

Jovan Adepo (“Watchmen,” “When They See Us,” “Fences”)

John Bradley (“Game of Thrones,” “Moonfall,” “Marry Me”) 

Tsai Chin (“Lucky Grandma,” “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”)

Liam Cunningham (“The Last Voyage of the Demeter,” “Game of Thrones,” “Hunger”)

Eiza González (“Baby Driver,” “I Care A Lot,” “Ambulance”)

Jess Hong (“Inked,” “The Brokenwood Mysteries”), Marlo Kelly (“Dare Me”)

Alex Sharp (“The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time”)

Sea Shimooka (“Pink Skies Ahead,” “Arrow,” “Berlin”)

Zine Tseng ("On a Whim")

Saamer Usmani (“The Mauritanian,” “Inventing Anna,” “Succession”)

Benedict Wong (“Doctor Strange,” “Nine Days,” “Raya and the Last Dragon”).

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There is a new trailer for The Three-Body Problem TV series, unfortunately is not the one being released by Netflix, but the one that is being released from the Chinese company Tencent.


Edit: at 1:33, it should be "Only the physics we know", not "We only think physics"

This version and the animated Chinese version will probably be released long before the Netflix version.

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The live-action Three-Body Problem TV Series from Netflix has finished filming and will debut in 2023.

The animated Three-Body Problem TV Series will stream on Bilibili, the Chinese video sharing website, on December 3. Here is the original trailer for the animated release.


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3 Body Problem     January  2024   Netflix

A young woman’s fateful decision in 1960s China reverberates across space and time to a group of brilliant scientists in the present day. As the laws of nature unravel before their eyes, five former colleagues reunite to confront the greatest threat in humanity’s history.

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The 3 Body Problem is an 8 episode TV Series set to stream on Netflix on March 21, 2024. The first Season of The 3 Body Problem uses portions from all 3 volumes of The Three-Body Problem 2008 book trilogy written by Liu Cixin. While at the same time removes, adds, changes the gender and the race of multiple characters. They also compress time and switch many of the Chinese locations for locations in Oxford, England, in an attempt to make relatable, a story designed to take centuries to unfold.


The initial setting is the year 1966, during China’s Cultural Revolution, a young woman, Ye Wenjie, in a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization, the Trisolarians, on the brink of their world's destruction intercepts the signal and makes plans to invade Earth. On Earth, after the Trisolarians announce their invasion plans, two different camps start forming. The Earth-Trisolaris Organization welcomes the superior Alien Overlords and aid them in taking over a world that they see as corrupt. The rest of the world looks for ways to fight against this invasion. Earth has 450 years to strategize before the Trisolarian battleships will reach Earth.



As the Fundamental Laws of Physics seem to start to unravel on Earth, five brilliant scientists, former colleagues, "The Oxford Five", reunite and with the help of an unorthodox detective, Da Shi Qiang, confront the greatest threat in humanity's history.


Yu Guming as Yang Weining, Ye Wenjie's colleague 

Zine Tseng and Rosalind Chao as Ye Wenjie


Rosalind Chao as Ye Wenjie


Zine Tseng as (Young) Ye Wenjie 
Astrophysics prodigy Ye Wenjie feels alone in the universe after losing everything during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. She becomes a member of the Earth-Trisolaris Organization.

Ben Schnetzer and Jonathan Pryce as Mike Evans
Ben Schnetzer as (Young) Mike Evans


Jonathan Pryce as Mike Evans
A passionate environmentalist, turned billionaire oil tycoon who funds the Earth-Trisolaris Organization.

Marlo Kelly as Tatiana
Raised from birth in the Earth-Trisolaris Organization, Tatiana has dedicated her life to recruiting new members - by any means necessary.

Andy M Milligan as Cult Member


Liam Cunningham as Thomas Wade
A former CIA officer, he is now the  charismatic leader of the world's most elite intelligence operation, the Strategic Intelligence Agency. Wade is the ultimate big picture thinker. People are props in his game - and his audacious gambits have a tendency to pay off.



Benedict Wong as Da Shi Qiang 
A former MI5 operative turned detective, who is in the middle of an investigation into the bizarre deaths of several prominent scientists, attempting to find the connection between these crimes.



(L/R) Eiza González as Auggie Salazar, Jess Hong as Jin Cheng, Saamer Usmani as Raj Varma, Jovan Adepo as Saul Durand, Alex Sharp as Will Downing, John Bradley as Jack Rooney

The Oxford Five: a group of 5 young Oxford scientists, who all studied under Dr. Vera Ye, head of the Oxford Particle Accelerator research lab. 


Vedette Lim as Dr. Vera Ye


Jovan Adepo as Saul Durand
A member of "The Oxford Five". No less gifted, but far less focused than his peers, Saul is a long time physics research assistant in the Oxford Particle Accelerator research lab of Dr. Vera Ye, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Saul has never reached his full potential, being more interested in drugs and women. Often romantically involved with Auggie Salazar.


Eiza González as Auggie Salazar
A member of the "Oxford Five." A nanotech trailblazer, Auggie is dedicated to solving actual problems now, not theoretical ones in the future. Strong and visionary, she's a natural target for humanity's enemies.



John Bradley as Jack Rooney
A member of "The Oxford Five". Rude, outspoken, and loveable, Jack used his physics degree to develop a snacks empire.



Saamer Usmani as Raj Varma
A naval officer from a military family, Raj has a deep commitment to his work. His relationship with his girlfriend, Jin Cheng, might end up as damage due to his mission.


Jess Hong as Jin Cheng
A member of the "Oxford Five". A genius theoretical physicist with an insatiable thirst for answers about the biggest questions in the universe. Her curiosity could be her biggest strength - if it's not her downfall.



Alex Sharp as Will Downing
A member of the "Oxford Five". A sixth form physics teacher, Will receives life-changing news that forces him to reconsider his place in the universe.


Sea Shimooka as Sophon
An avatar who appears in the mysterious VR game/simulation contained in a futuristic headset, used to recruit new members to the Earth-Trisolaris Organization.


Eve Ridley as Follower
A 9-year-old character whom Jin  Cheng encounters in the VR game.

Avital Lvova as Ramanujan

Jason Forbes

Stacy Abalogun

Tsai Chin

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The lastest episode of They Call Us Bruce podcast has interviews with Alexander Wood and Derek Tsang (producer and director, respectively). Some interesting stuff including Netflix only had the English rights so the majority of the dialogue had to be in English. They needed to get permission from to use Mandarin in the flashback sequences. 

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