Brave New World star reveals sex-crazed drama's 'freaky' similarities to coronavirus lockdown

BRAVE New World's Hannah John-Kamen has revealed the sex-crazed drama's 'freaky' similarities to the coronavirus lockdown.

Hannah stars in the Sky drama's adaptation of Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel, which is set in a futuristic New London in 2540.

The inhabitants of New London live in a world where money, monogamy, privacy and family have been prohibited by the World State government, and where they take a 'perfect' drug called Soma, issued by the government to control them.

Hannah plays Wilhelmina “Helm” Watsonan an“alpha plus” who directs “pleasure bomb” parties, which basically become mass orgies as the government encourage casual sex.

The way the residents are controlled as struck some parallels with real life this year, after the UK government issued a nationwide lockdown in March to tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then, a whole host of restrictions have been introduced, with Hannah telling The Guardian: "I love things that are a little bit too close to home – thought-provoking things that freak me out.


"We’ve got a curfew! It’s all quite scary: the new norms of life and how we adapt so quickly.”

But Hannah – who has also starred in big budget films including Ant-Man and the Wasp and Ready Player One – is hopeful things will improve in the near future.

She said: "I am an optimistic person, but I think, where the world’s at right now, the word is cautious. I’m cautiously optimistic at the moment.” 

In the original book, Hannah's character is a man called Helmholtz, but she doesn't overthink gender switching characters, having done so in Ant-Man and the Wasp and Netflix series, The Stranger.

She explained: "It is making it more representative, but I think if there’s a really interesting character in a book, regardless of whether they’re male or female – back then a lot of them were male, which is quite annoying – then why not [change their gender]?”

Brave New World also stars Jessica Brown Findlay, Alden Ehrenreich and Demi Moore.

Brave New World airs tonight at 9pm on Sky One and is also available on NOW TV.

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