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Dystopian satire Black Mirror has a reputation for a dark and twisted view of the world, with previous episodes putting such luminaries as Rory Kinnear, Jodie Whittaker, Hayley Atwell, Domnhall Gleeson, and Jon Hamm in some very, shall we say, challenging situations.

The next season shows no signs of it getting any lighter, and last night (August 18) its creator Charlie Brooker gave us a sneak peek at what’s in store for us:

As with the previous two seasons, the six new episodes will each have its own cast and story.

The first, “San Junipero,” will star Doctor Who‘s Gugu Mbatha-Raw and The Martian‘s Mackenzie Davis, and from the looks of things, appears to be set in the 1980s.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis star in "San Junipero". (Image: Netflix)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Mackenzie Davis star in “San Junipero”. (Image: Netflix)

And no, this next one is not a still from Stranger Things on Netflix, though the look and feel is certainly similar. It’s another shot of Mackenzie in the first episode from the new season:

Mackenzie Davis in "Nosedive". (Image: Netflix)
Mackenzie Davis in “San Junipero”. (Image: Netflix)

While “Nosedive”, the third episode, stars Bryce Dallas Howard alongside Grantchester‘s James Norton and Star Trek Into Darkness‘s Alice Eve. Here’s Bryce:

Bryce Dallas Howard in "Nosedive". (Image: Netflix)
Bryce Dallas Howard in “Nosedive”. (Image: Netflix)

We don’t know any plot details other than that, though the next photo leads us to guess it’s a satire on smartphone usage:

Bryce Dallas Howard in "Nosedive". (Image: Netflix)
Bryce Dallas Howard in “Nosedive”. (Image: Netflix)

The other four episodes of the new season will star House of CardsDoug Stamper, Boardwalk Empire‘s Kelly Macdonald, Game of ThronesJerome Flynn, and 22 Jump Street‘s Wyatt Russell. There’s no word yet on what any of them will feature, but when it comes to a show with Black Mirror‘s reputation, whatever it is will be worth watching.

All six episodes will be unleashed on Netflix on October 21, just in time for Halloween.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.