The Swarm

One recurring theme of Netflix’s 2021 so far has been foreign-language original movies from all over the world making a serious dent on the global most-watched list, which is a sign of the platform’s unstoppable international expansion and desire for fresh content from as many countries as possible.

Since the beginning of January we’ve seen France’s Sentinelle, Oxygen and The Last Mercenary, South Korean sci-fi Space Sweepers, Sweden’s Red Dot, Spain’s Below Zero and Xtreme and Germany’s Blood Red Sky all post a strong showing, and the one thing they’ve all got in common is that each is a high concept genre film.

The latest is another smash hit from France, with The Swarm rocketing up the charts to become the sixth most popular title on Netflix, despite only premiering yesterday without much fanfare. The streamer purchased the rights to Just Philippot’s thriller back in March, probably because the boardroom knows fine well that their customer base loves nothing more than some wild B-tier madness, something that’s definitely provided in spades.

The Swarm

Looking for a way to provide a sustainable food source, a single mother begins breeding locusts for their high protein value, slowly developing a bizarre and obsessive relationship with her new insect friends, before eventually discovering that they have a taste for blood. If that sounds right up your street, then The Swarm is for you.

It’s not poised to win any awards, but reviews have been pretty strong across the board for The Swarm, which gained some online buzz earlier this year when people found out how bonkers the premise was, and it looks to have delivered on that potential and then some now it’s streaming on Netflix.

Star Trek Picard Featured

Star Trek: Picard will continue bringing back characters from Jean-Luc’s past in its incoming second season, but the show may also be building up to introducing a major addition to the Starfleet legend’s life that neither he nor his fans knew about. A new report claims that producers are currently in the process of casting another regular for season 3 of the Sir Patrick Stewart-led series. And their identity will blow fans’ minds.

According to tipster Daniel Richtman, Picard season 3 will introduce none other than Jean-Luc’s son. The character will apparently be known as Henry and an actor in their early 20s is being sought after. He could either have a British or American accent. The idea is that Henry would turn up on the scene to the surprise of Picard, who is not aware that he has a son. Going by his age, he would have to be born sometime in between First Contact and Nemesis.

Feel free to take this with a pinch of salt, however Richtman’s info does line up perfectly with a report from The Illuminerdi published last month. The outlet also wrote that Picard’s son Henry was coming in season 3. Their character breakdown describes him as “headstrong, independent, and charming” as well as “confident, adventurous, and ready to fight for and help people in need.” He’s said to have a Robin Hood-like “take from the rich, give to the poor” sense of morality.

The Illuminerdi noted that the top choice for the role is David Corenswet (Hollywood), but Richtman’s update makes no mention of him so it’s unclear if he’s still in the running or if he’s perhaps passed on the part. The identity of Henry’s mother is being kept under wraps at this point, though fans will no doubt have Beverly Crusher as the prime suspect.

Henry is expected to become a regular character for at least the duration of season 3, which is gearing up to start shooting. Star Trek: Picard season 2, meanwhile, debuts on Paramount Plus in 2022.

Star Trek Picard Featured

Star Trek: Picard will continue bringing back characters from Jean-Luc’s past in its incoming second season, but the show may also be building up to introducing a major addition to the Starfleet legend’s life that neither he nor his fans knew about. A new report claims that producers are currently in the process of casting another regular for season 3 of the Sir Patrick Stewart-led series. And their identity will blow fans’ minds.

According to tipster Daniel Richtman, Picard season 3 will introduce none other than Jean-Luc’s son. The character will apparently be known as Henry and an actor in their early 20s is being sought after. He could either have a British or American accent. The idea is that Henry would turn up on the scene to the surprise of Picard, who is not aware that he has a son. Going by his age, he would have to be born sometime in between First Contact and Nemesis.

Feel free to take this with a pinch of salt, however Richtman’s info does line up perfectly with a report from The Illuminerdi published last month. The outlet also wrote that Picard’s son Henry was coming in season 3. Their character breakdown describes him as “headstrong, independent, and charming” as well as “confident, adventurous, and ready to fight for and help people in need.” He’s said to have a Robin Hood-like “take from the rich, give to the poor” sense of morality.

The Illuminerdi noted that the top choice for the role is David Corenswet (Hollywood), but Richtman’s update makes no mention of him so it’s unclear if he’s still in the running or if he’s perhaps passed on the part. The identity of Henry’s mother is being kept under wraps at this point, though fans will no doubt have Beverly Crusher as the prime suspect.

Henry is expected to become a regular character for at least the duration of season 3, which is gearing up to start shooting. Star Trek: Picard season 2, meanwhile, debuts on Paramount Plus in 2022.