After four long years, Charlie Brooker is bringing back his techno-dystopian anthology series to terrify us all over again.
The sixth series, says Netflix, will be "the most unpredictable, unclassifiable and unexpected yet."
Speaking to Tudum, Brooker, who has once again written, created and executive produced the series, explained: "Partly as a challenge, and partly to keep things fresh for both me and the viewer, I began this season by deliberately upending some of my own core assumptions about what to expect.
“Consequently, this time, alongside some of the more familiar Black Mirror tropes we’ve also got a few new elements, including some I’ve previously sworn blind the show would never do, to stretch the parameters of what ‘a Black Mirror episode’ even is.
He assures us, however, that "the stories are all still tonally Black Mirror through-and-through — but with some crazy swings and more variety than ever before.”
Brooker credits the cast bringing the series to life, who are "so talented they frankly have no right to exist." Among them are Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), RTS Award-winner Anjana Vasan (We Are Lady Parts), Himesh Patel (Station Eleven), Michael Cera (Arrested Development), Rob Delaney (Catastrophe), Salma Hayek Pinault (Frida), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Zazie Beetz (Atlanta) and Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You).
Also starring are Annie Murphy (Schitt's Creek), Auden Thornton (This Is Us), Ben Barnes (Westworld), Clara Rugaard (I Am Mother), Daniel Portman (Game of Thrones), Danny Ramirez (The Gifted), David Shields (The Crown), John Hannah (Four Weddings and a Funeral), Josh Hartnett (Lucky Number Slevin), Monica Dolan (The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe), Myha’la Herrold (Industry), Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You), Rory Culkin (Under the Banner of Heaven) and Samuel Blenkin (Atlanta).
Accompanying the announcement was a first trailer which, as well as conjuring the sense of dread we've come to expect, teases some of the settings and plotlines. Strangely for the usually futuristic series, these include some period details like a Dial Up Connection and an old American diner, which could be what Brooker meant by "stretching the parameters."
Brooker is executive producing alongside Annabel Jones with their company Broke & Bones, as well as Jessica Rhoades and Bisha K. Ali.
Brooker added: “I can’t wait for people to binge their way through it all and hope they enjoy it — especially the bits they shouldn’t.”
Series six of Black Mirror will premiere on Netflix in June 2023.