Murderbot Adaptation Fleshes Out Cast with David Dastmalchian, Noma Dumezweni, and Others


The Apple TV+ adaptation of Martha Welles’ The Murderbot Diaries series is moving full steam ahead. In addition to the news that Alexander Skarsgård will be playing the titular Murderbot, we’ve found out some other actors who will be on the call sheet for the production.

Deadline first reported the news that David Dastmalchian (The Suicide Squad, The Last Voyage of the Demeter, Dune: Part One, in which he is pictured above) has joined the cast as Gurathin. In the books, the character is an augmented human who at first doesn’t get along with our favorite SecUnit but eventually comes to hold a grudging respect for it, although the two never seem to stop taking jabs at each other when they can.

We’ve also found out, again via Deadline, that Noma Dumezwani (The Little Mermaid) will be a lead opposite of Skarsgård’s Muderbot as Mensah, a scientist who is also considered to be Murderbot’s favorite human.

There’s also news about four more actors joining the show: Sabrina Wu (Joy Ride), who will play Pin-Lee; Tattiawna Jones (Orphan Black: Echoes), who will take on the role of Arada; Akshay Khanna (Polite Society), who will be Ratthi; and Tamara Podemski (Outer Range), who will play Bharadwaj. These four characters are part of the PreservationAux survey team, which Dr. Mensah leads and Gurathin is also a part of, and Murderbot is first hired to defend when the events from Welles’ first book in the series, All Systems Red, unfold.

With all these casting announcements, odds are good that the series is either already in production or will be imminently, although we still don’t have confirmation on anything yet, including when the show will make its way to Apple TV+. icon-paragraph-end

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