Netflix has announced that its hit sci-fi anthology Black Mirror is returning for Season 6 in June 2023 and will star Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul, Schitt's Creek's Annie Murphey, Scott Pilgrim's Michael Cera, and more.
Promised to be the "most unpredictable, unclassifiable, and unexpected" season yet, a brief trailer and series of images were released (which can be viewed below) alongside the June release window.
The full cast announced so far includes Aaron Paul, Anjana Vasan, Annie Murphy, Auden Thornton, Ben Barnes, Clara Rugaard, Daniel Portman, Danny Ramirez, Himesh Patel, John Hannah, Josh Hartnett, Kate Mara, Michael Cera, Monica Dolan, Myha'la Herrold, Paapa Essiedu, Rob Delaney, Rory Culkin, Salma Hayek Pinault, Samuel Blenkin, and Zazie Beetz.
Black Mirror Season 6 First Look
Black Mirror creator, writer, and executive producer Charlie Brooker shared a little about what fans can expect from the new season with Netflix's Tudum.
"I've always felt that Black Mirror should feature stories that are entirely distinct from one another, and keep surprising people (and myself) or else what’s the point? It should be a series that can’t be easily defined, and can keep reinventing itself," he said.
"So partly as a challenge, and partly to keep things fresh for both me and the viewer, I began this season by deliberately upending some of my own core assumptions about what to expect. Consequently, this time, alongside some of the more familiar Black Mirror tropes we’ve also got a few new elements, including some I’ve previously sworn blind the show would never do, to stretch the parameters of what ‘a Black Mirror episode’ even is.
"The stories are all still tonally Black Mirror through-and-through – but with some crazy swings and more variety than ever before. And bringing it all to life we’ve got an incredible roster of disgustingly skilful, smart directors working with a cast of actors so talented they frankly have no right to exist. I can’t wait for people to binge their way through it all and hope they enjoy it – especially the bits they shouldn’t."
First premiering in 2011, Black Mirror appears to have equally captivated and terrified audiences with its depictions of what familiar concepts like social media and virtual reality could look like years down the line.
In our 8/10 review of the last season, IGN said: "Black Mirror Season 5 is one the series' best, with a shorter, stronger, and more captivating collection of episodes."
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer and acting UK news editor. He'll talk about The Witcher all day.