Fallout TV series: A live-action adaptation of the popular post-apocalyptic video game series is set to premiere on Prime Video in April 2024. What can we anticipate from this upcoming adaptation?
There are many stories about post-apocalyptic worlds, but the Fallout video games, with their distinctive 1950s style, stand out. Prime Video is turning this unique perspective into a TV show, with input from the game creators. While we don’t know much about the show yet, what we’ve heard so far is getting us excited to explore the wasteland once again.
In the Fallout games, the world keeps the 1950s art-deco style, even as it advances with robots and nuclear-powered cars. However, atomic bombs still exist, and in 2077, a nuclear war devastates the planet. Fortunately, people in the ’50s were keen on bomb shelters, and some survived in underground shelters known as Vaults.
In the Fallout games, many years have passed since the bombs fell, ranging from 25 to 200 years, depending on the specific game. The world that remains is a wasteland filled with mutants, large insects, zombie-like ghouls, and other irradiated creatures. However, there are also regular people, including a widespread military group known as The Brotherhood of Steel. Members of this organization wear suits of armor resembling what Tony Stark created in the first Iron Man movie.
The Fallout TV show will be set in Los Angeles, around the same time as the events in the games. Todd Howard, the game director of Fallout 3 and Fallout 4, as well as the executive producer of Fallout 76 and Fallout Shelter, revealed this information at the Gamescom convention in Cologne, Germany, on August 23. However, Howard did not specify which specific game’s timeline the show aligns with. Fallout 76 is set 25 years after the bombs dropped, and Fallout 4 is set 185 years after that. He also didn’t clarify if the show takes place during the same time as the original Fallout, a game he did not work on.
Who will star in the Fallout TV series?
The series features Ella Purnell (known for Yellowjackets), Walton Goggins (from Justified), and Aaron Moten (Emancipation). Ella Purnell takes on the role of “Lucy,” an optimistic Vault Dweller with a patriotic, can-do attitude. Her peaceful and idealistic nature faces challenges when her loved ones are in danger. Aaron Moten portrays “Maximus,” a young soldier in the Brotherhood of Steel who conceals a tragic past. He strongly believes in the Brotherhood’s mission to bring law and order to the Wasteland and is willing to do anything to advance their goals. Walton Goggins plays “The Ghoul,” a pragmatic and ruthless survivor of the Wasteland working as a bounty hunter, keeping a mysterious past hidden.
Additional cast members include Kyle MacLachlan (known for Twin Peaks) in the role of “Overseer Hank.” Hank serves as the Overseer of Vault 33 and is Lucy’s father, with a strong desire to make positive changes in the world. The cast also features Johnny Pemberton (21 Jump Street) as Thaddeus, Rodrigo Luzzi (Dead Ringers) as Reg, Annabel O’Hagan (Law & Order: SVU) as Steph, and Moisés Arias (The King of Staten Island) as Norm. While the roles of Thaddeus and Norm remain unknown, they could be either regular people or mutants in the Fallout universe.
Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Michael Emerson (Person of Interest), Leslie Uggams (Deadpool), Frances Turner (The Boys), Dave Register (Heightened), Zach Cherry (Severance), and Xelia Mendes-Jones (The Wheel of Time) are also part of the cast, but their roles have not been disclosed yet.
The burning question for fans of the games is whether Ron Perlman, who has served as the narrator in almost every Fallout game since the 1997 original, will make an appearance in the TV series. Fans are eager to know if he’ll welcome viewers to the series, perhaps even in every episode, with his iconic opening line, “War… War never changes.”
When Will It Premiere?
The Fallout TV series is scheduled to premiere on Prime Video on Friday, April 12, 2024. This release date is expected to precede the launch of the next game in the series, Fallout 5, which might not come out for another year or possibly even two. However, there is limited information available about Fallout 5 at this time.