Netflix is teaming with YouTube to promote the upcoming fifth season of ‘Black Mirror’, with a series of shorts called ‘Little Black Mirror’. These three shorts will be in Spanish and are aimed at the Latinx audience, with a cast of Latinx stars and social media personalities. The ‘Little Black Mirror’ shorts will be released on May 26, June 2 and June 6 on YouTube.
Maia Mitchell stars. Mitchell currently headlines Freeform’s ‘Good Trouble’ (the follow-up to ‘The Fosters’) and the recent Netflix film ‘The Last Summer’. The cast also includes Rudy Mancuso, Juanpa Zurita, Lele Pons, Anwar Jibawi, Hannah Stocking, Jeff Wittek, Delaney Glazer and Swedish DJ Alesso. Mancuso directed and scored all three episodes. Mancuso is managed by Shots Studios, which also manages Pons, Alesso, Stocking, and Jibawi.
Though some may be put off by the idea that the series stars a bunch of YouTubers and other social media types, keep in mind, the regular ‘Black Mirror’ series frequently showcases up and coming actors, many of whom go on to greater mainstream success. And the trailer seems to perfectly capture the style of regular ‘Black Mirror’ installments. Besides that, the idea of using “influencers” on a series that takes a critical look at the impact of technology on our psyches and society is kind of meta.
You can check out the trailer for ‘Little Black Mirror’ below:
Of course, these three web-episodes are meant to promote the main ‘Black Mirror’ series, the fifth season of which will consist of just three episodes/mini-movies. The cast is star-studded with Miley Cyrus, Anthony Mackie, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Beharie, Madison Davenport, Topher Grace, Damson Idris, Pom Klementieff, Ludi Lin, Angourie Rice, and Andrew Scott.
In “Smithereens,” Grace plays a cab driver who “becomes the center of attention on a day that rapidly spirals out of control.” Scott and Idris co-star.
Cyrus, Davenport, and Rice star in “Rachel, Jack, and Ashley, Too” about a lonely teen desperate to connect with her favorite pop star (Cyrus).
“Striking Vipers” is about two estranged college friends who reconnect later in life with massive consequences. Mackie, Abdul-Mateen II, Beharie, Klementieff, and Lin make up the cast.
‘Black Mirror’ Season 5 arrives on June 5. Two episodes of ‘Little Black Mirror’ with be released before that, on May 26, June 2, with one being released afterward on June 6.