The drama series is based on Walter Tevis’ 1963 novel and the 1976 Nicolas Roeg film that starred David Bowie. The Oscar-nominated actor stars as a new alien character who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future. “Chiwetel Ejiofor’s stage and film career are staggering in their bravery, commitment and quality,” said showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet. “He’s everything we could imagine and a million things we can’t. We couldn’t be more thrilled.” Variety notes The Man Who Fell to Earth had been in development at Hulu for years, but Paramount+ "aggressively pursued the project when Hulu decided not to move forward with it."