Based on the successful 2002 Steven Spielberg sci-fi drama starring Tom Cruise, Fox’s new series Minority Report is the first of Spielberg’s films to be adapted for television.
The show is set in Washington DC in 2065,10 years after the demise of Precrime, an agency that used precogs who could identify criminals before their crimes were committed.
Precog Dash (Stark Sands, Inside Llewyn Davis), still driven by his terrifying, fragmented visions, returns in secret to help police detective Lara Vega (Meagan Good, Think Like a Man, Californicaiton) in an attempt to stop the murders he envisions.
Stark Sands and Meagan Good came to the TV Critics tour last month to talk about their new series, which premieres on September 21st.
Did you watched the original movie before shooting the pilot?
Stark: I saw it in the theatre when it came out, loved it. Then I watched it again when I was auditioning for the part, just so I could familiarize myself with the world that we were going to be diving into.
I think it’s essential to have that as a reference point. I don’t think we have to adhere to it completely, or tie ourselves to it, but I think it’s really good to have it.
Meagan: What I really loved about the film is that it painted the world for me in every color where I can see what it is that Vega was passionate about and the potential that was there.
As you get to know her character, you’ll see that her father was a cop as well, which my father happens to be in real life, he’s retired now.
Vega’s father passed away in the line of duty. You can see what drives her character. That’s what I really love when I watch the film
Meagan, how does it feel to enter the world of sci-fi? And how does it feel to be one of the anchors of such a diverse, talented cast?
Meagan: It’s an incredible feeling. It’s a blessing. It’s something that I’m super excited about. Last year I said to myself that this was exactly the thing that I wanted to do, and a year later, it manifested.
I’m so happy that (the producers) saw me in the role and believed in me and that Steven saw the tape and hired me as well. It feels really good.
The cast is multicultural, we are very diverse, we are just living, breathing characters. It’s always a blessing when people hire you just for being good at what you do and bringing what you bring to the character.
Can you talk about working with all of these different gadgets and the green screen?
Meagan: It’s a lot to learn, everything from how the gadgets work, what they are supposed to do specifically. Even with the hand movements, it’s literally a science and almost an alphabet of what the language is. It’s a really interesting role.
We are learning everything as we go. It’s not easy, I’ll say that, but it’s been really fun, also knowing a lot of these things are potentially going to exist in the future.
Have you ever had any moments in your life where you yourself have had precognition?
Stark: I have a twin brother in real life, and there was one moment that I will never forget, I was probably six. I was taking piano lessons, and my arm started to hurt. My teacher thought that I was making it up because I didn’t want to finish the lesson.
At the end, my mom was about 10 minutes late picking me up, and she came in and apologized profusely to my teacher and said, ‘I’m so sorry, but Stark’s twin brother broke his arm in gymnastics class. I was like, ‘Where did he hurt it?’ She said, ‘He broke it right here,’ [it was] right where my arm hurt.
I believe that we are connected by a web of energy, and those little psychic moments are definitely real.
Meagan: Mine is a little more creepy, where you think of somebody that you haven’t heard from in a long time or years, and you wonder about them. Then you find out that they are sick or, God forbid, they passed or something like that.