The eight-part series is adapted from Leigh Bardugo’s “Shadow and Bone” and “Six of Crows” fantasy novels. The plot will follow Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a young orphaned woman who discovers a power that could help unite the world, which has been shrouded in darkness and ravaged by war and monsters. Ben Barnes will portray General Kirigan/the Darkling — the commander of a magical military elite who wishes to free his nation the darkness that covers the land.
Other cast members include Freddy Carter (“Pennyworth”), Sujaya Dasgupta (“Press”), Danielle Galligan (“Game of Thrones”), Daisy Head (“Harlots”), Archie Renaux (“Voyager”), Amita Suman (“Doctor Who”), and Kit Young (“Endeavour”). Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”), who wrote the screenplay for Netflix’s “Bird Box,” was previously announced as the series’ showrunner and executive producer.