In what looks like a mash-up of The Americans, 1984, “The Mirror Universe” stories from Star Trek and Fringe, Starz is giving us out first extended look at sci-fi spy thriller Counterpart. The 10-episode series is set to debut on Sunday, January 21st on the cable network, and you can check out the first trailer here:
The 10-episode series stars J.K. Simmons (Justice League, Whiplash) as Howard Silk, a low-level worker in a bureaucratic UN agency who trudges through the daily monotony of his life until he makes a shocking discovery about the agency he works for: they’ve found a way to cross over to a parallel dimension. Not just that, but the agency has made contact with those on the other side who are shadow versions of ourselves. For Howard and his doppelganger Howard Silk-2, this mission will be an exploration of “identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, ‘what if our lives could have been different?’”
Joining Simmons on set for Counterpart are Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, Ulrich Thomsen, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock, Sara Serraiocco, Mido Hamada, Kenneth Choi, Stephen Rea, Richard Schiff, Sarah Bolger and Tina Masafret.
Here’s the official synopsis for Counterpart from Starz:
“Counterpart” is about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence. Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger, and double cross… where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, “what if our lives could have been different?”
“Counterpart” also features Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Hyde Park on Hudson, “Manhattan”) as ‘Emily Burton Silk,’ Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, Jane Eyre, “Manhattan”) as ‘Peter Quayle,’ Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger, “Marcella”) as ‘Ian Shaw,’ Nazanin Boniadi (“Homeland,” Ben-Hur, Hotel Mumbai) as ‘Clare,’ Sara Serraiocco (Salvo, Cloro, Worldly Girl) as ‘Baldwin,’ and Ulrich Thomsen (“The Blacklist,” “Banshee”) as ‘Aldrich.’ Academy Award® nominee Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game) directed the first episode.