The Lazarus Project: release date, trailer and cast with Paapa Essiedu

Paapa Essiedu stars in a new time-loop action thriller from screenwriter Joe Barton, the mind behind Giri/Haji

The Lazarus Project, a new time-loop action thriller, arrives on Sky and NOW TV from Thursday 16 June.

The series stars Paapa Essiedu, Anjli Mohindra and Tom Burke, and was written by Giri/Haji creator Joe Barton.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the Lazarus Project.

What is the Lazarus project about?

The Lazarus Project is a time-loop action thriller about a shadowy cabal who travels back in time in an attempt to influence events.

George (Essiedu), their newest recruit, works with The Lazarus Project to try to save the world – but, when someone close to him is injured and the Project refuses to let him go back in time to save him, he must decide whether he wants to take his destiny into his own hands.

Who plays in The Lazarus Project?

Anjli Mohindra as Archie and Paapa Essiedu as George in The Lazarus Project (Credit: Simon Ridgway)

Paapa Essiedu stars as George, the latest addition to the Lazarus Project. Essiedu is probably best known for his appearance in Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You, but he also appeared in (and was the best part of) Mike Bartlett Press’ little-watched journalistic drama.

Anjli Mohindra portrays Archie, the person who recruits George for the Lazarus Project. Mohindra recently appeared in crime dramas Vigil and Bodyguard, and had a supporting role in Channel 4’s Cucumber a few years ago, but is probably best known as Rani from The Sarah Jane Adventures.

Tom Burke stars as Rebrov, the villain of the play. Burke has appeared in TV shows like The Crown and movies like The Souvenir, but he’s probably most recognizable for his role in JK Rowling’s crime drama Strike, in which he appears alongside Holliday Grainger.

They are joined by Rhudy Dharmalingam (The Split), Caroline Quentin (Bridgerton) and Charly Clive (Pure).

Who writes and directs The Lazarus Project?

The series was written and created by Joe Barton, the writer/creator of the BBC series Giri/Haji. His next project is the Netflix series Half-Bad.

Marco Kreuzpaintner, Akaash Meeda and Laura Scrivano directed episodes of The Lazarus Project.

Is there a trailer?

Yes, there is, and you can watch it here.

When and how can I watch The Lazarus Project?

The first episode of The Lazarus Project airs on Sky Max at 9pm on Thursday June 16.

All eight episodes of The Lazarus Project will be available to stream as a box set on Now TV starting Thursday, June 16.

Where was The Lazarus Project filmed?

Filming in the UK took place in Bristol in 2021, with further filming across the Czech Republic in Prague and Postoloprty respectively.

How many episodes does The Lazarus Project have?

The Lazarus Project has eight episodes in total, each about an hour long.

Why should I watch The Lazarus Project?

Because it seems like an exciting twist on some familiar genre from the mind of a renowned screenwriter. Essiedu and Mohindra in particular are also great actors, so it’ll be worth checking out to see them in action (literally and figuratively).