Rainn Wilson couldn’t have recognized how prescient his new TV collection, Utopia, can be. Nobody may have.

In Utopia, the star of The Workplace and Six Ft Beneath performs a virologist who discovers a pressure of flu earlier than it’s unleashed on the world in a pandemic.

“It’s completely insane. I can’t stress this sufficient.” Wilson instructed information.com.au. “We stopped filming the present in September or October 2019 and by December, January, there was a pandemic and we made a present a few pandemic.”

You couldn’t make up that type of macabre coincidence.

Gone Lady author Gillian Flynn tailored Utopia from a 2013 British collection of the identical identify. It’s a bonkers, violent and paranoid present that follows a gaggle of comedian e-book nerds who’re satisfied {that a} run of graphic novels, Dystopia, predicted the nice pandemics (SARS, MERS and so on) of the world.

When the sequel, Utopia, is unearthed and predicts one more pandemic, the group change into obsessive about it and the character on the coronary heart of the books, Jessica Hyde (Sasha Lane).

On the similar time, a brand new flu pandemic is brewing, one which strikes and kills kids inside hours of an infection. Billionaire Kevin Christie (John Cusack) is suspected of being concerned together with his synthetic meat protein substitute.

Wilson’s character, an under-appreciated, underfunded and pissed off scientist, each is aware of in regards to the flu pressure and has doubtlessly developed a vaccine in opposition to it.

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For these of you counting at house, that covers a global pandemic, the race for a vaccine, a wide-ranging conspiracy, and suspicions in opposition to billionaires.

“Even proper now, there’s this rush to get vaccines out and rush to vaccines is one thing that options considerably in Utopia,” Wilson stated. “And conspiracy theories – billionaires doubtlessly being behind this. There’s no proof of that clearly (in the true world) however the present offers with shadowy networks working behind the scenes.

“There are physique luggage and panic and nervousness within the media, all of these things featured in Utopia in some actually gorgeous and arresting ways in which we had no thought whereas we had been filming.”

What Wilson did know is he wished to be a part of the venture when he learn the scripts.

“I acquired hooked and wanted to know what occurred … The mash-up of types was like nothing I had ever learn earlier than.

“Individuals all the time ask me, ‘Whenever you select your initiatives, do you select this or that,’ and it’s like, I’ve positively turned down a couple of issues right here and there, but it surely’s not like I’m being provided 20 totally different scripts.

“I believe there are particular actors on the market who’re like that – ahem, Steve Carell! – but it surely doesn’t actually work that means for me. So, I felt actually fortunate to be provided this half and to be a part of this factor.”

Exterior of performing, Wilson can also be a local weather activist who serves on the advisory board of Arctic Basecamp, an organisation that highlights the speed of change within the Arctic. When he visited Greenland final 12 months, he made a documentary of his experiences, An Fool’s Information To Local weather Change.

He additionally co-founded SoulPancake, a digital media firm which is devoted to creating content material that “celebrates humanity”.

Amongst its YouTube movies are psychological well being ideas with fellow The Workplace alum Jenna Fischer, unhealthy days with John Krasinski or busting myths in regards to the Muslim religion with Ramy Youssef. SoulPancake’s YouTube channel has 3.35 million subscribers.

So it’s no shock then that Wilson stated he was significantly joyful to be an “honorary scientist” on Utopia, given the present state of the world.

“I consider in science and we dwell in a world proper now the place lots of people are doubting science and viewing science as some type of liberal conspiracy. And we have to keep on with the science and keep on with the scientists, particularly across the pandemic and particularly round local weather change.

“It’s a horrible time. I simply learn that 25 per cent of younger folks in America suppose that the Holocaust both didn’t occur or was exaggerated. There are all types of issues occurring at the hours of darkness corners of the web the place you’ve acquired 1000’s of individuals jibber-jabbering about 5G cell towers, Stanley Kubrick, Hillary Clinton, George Soros and the Rothschilds.

“It’s really fairly scary.

“So, our present sends it up in a enjoyable means. The present positively faucets into the Zeitgeist.”

Utopia is streaming on Amazon Prime Video now

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