Comic Con 2016 Report: The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle
The Amazon series The Man in the High Castle, based on the acclaimed novel by Philip K. Dick, returned to the Comic Con 2016 stage to discuss what viewers can expect in season two, which is currently in production.

Among the panelists were cast members Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, Bella Heathcote, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Rufus Sewell as well as executive producers Isa Dick Hackett (the late Philip Dick’s daughter), David Zucker and Daniel Percival.

To start things off moderator Dominic Patten from Deadline informed the audience that the cast is currently filming episode 7 of 10; and filming in Vancouver can actually pose interesting complications for production, making it necessary for CGI to transform them to the alternate 1960’s world of the novel on which the show is based.

One of the few reveals that the executive producers were willing to make during the panel was that we will actually meet the man in the high castle – although they did not share who will play the role or how extensively he will be seen. They also revealed during a sneak peek at a scene from season two that actor Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica) will have a role in the new season.

Most of the cast were tight-lipped about spoilers with Alexa sharing that “if I told you (anything) I’d ruin everything; you just have to watch (to find) out Juliana’s journey.” As for Rupert, he said his character will have to deal “emotionally with what happened to his sister, niece and nephew” and in this new season he will have to “find himself” as opposed to simply “conforming” as he did in season one. Meanwhile, Luke shared that “Joe had a lot of secrets in season one and in season two, we will dive deeper into those secrets.”

New cast member Bella Heathcote will portray a second generation of Nazis, playing a key part in Joe’s storyline. She then shared it was “terrifying” to join the show, but it was a great challenge” to play her character as “I haven’t played a character like this before.”

Rufus spoke about how very interesting it has been to play John Smith (a character who has really resonated with the viewers) sharing that “the least interesting thing (about him) is the uniform he wears.”

Each of the cast agreed that the set design on the show as well as the costumes and the scripts help shape how they get into character during filming; especially for Luke he said that “the set design defines you as an actor, how you walk and hold yourself.” He even shared that it can be “somewhat overwhelming at times.”

DJ shared that “the veneer (of that world) is attractive” and that “this show has taught me more about human nature”. And, Cary shared that “so much of my own personal experience” has been used in portraying his character.

The Man in the High Castle has not been given an official premiere date yet, but it is believed it will return late in 2016.