'Calls': Live stream, release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about Apple TV+'s genre-bending series

'Calls': Live stream, release date, plot, cast and all you need to know about Apple TV+'s genre-bending series
Rosario Dawson, Pedro Pascal and Joey King are part of 'Calls' (Getty Images)

Apple TV+ is teaming up with the French network Canal Plus for a new series titled ‘Calls’ which is scheduled to premiere exclusively on March 19. The upcoming series will be an immersive experience for the viewers as it masterfully uses audio and minimal abstract visuals to tell nine nerve-wracking short-form stories. By using only audio clips to unfold the mysterious happenings, it is up to the audience's imagination to interpret the events of the stirring tale.

Each episode will feature a dramatic mystery unfolding through unconnected phone calls. As time moves in the episodes, characters will begin to experience unsettling events in their respective lives.



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The tech giant originally gave a series order to ‘Calls’ in 2018 and also acquired the rights to the first season of the French original. Despite the lack of visual scenes, the upcoming series will feature the voices of some of the biggest Hollywood celebrities. The cast includes the likes of Pedro Pascal, Lily Collins, Rosario Dawson, Karen Gilan, Joey King, Aubrey Plaza and Aaron-Taylor Johnson, among others.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming genre-bending series from Apple TV+.


A scene from the trailer of 'Calls' (YouTube)


Release date

Viewers will get a chance to watch the series exclusively on Apple TV+ on Friday, March 19, 2021.



The series will introduce the viewers to different characters and how they start experiencing unsettling events after unconnected phone calls. The official synopsis reads: “Calls is a groundbreaking immersive television experience that masterfully uses only audio and minimal abstract visuals to tell bone-chilling snackable stories. The series proves that the real terror lies in one’s interpretation of what they cannot see on the screen and the unsettling places one’s imagination can take them.”



Pedro Pascal

Pascal is considered to be one of the most promising talents in Hollywood right now. The actor gained prominence for portraying Oberyn Martell on the fourth season of 'Game of Thrones'. Recently, the actor received universal acclaim for his acting in the movie ‘Wonder Woman 1984’. He portrayed the character of Maxwell Lord in the movie.


Pedro Pascal at Met Gala on May 6, 2019, in New York City (Getty Images)


Lily Collins

Collins started her career as a child actor and made her television debut when she was two years old in the series ‘Growing Pains’. The British-American actress has worked on high-end projects such as ‘The Blind Side’, ‘Mirror Mirror’, ‘Okja’, ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Mank’ and ‘Emily in Paris’. She was recently nominated in the Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy category for ‘Emily in Paris’ at this year’s Golden Globes.


Lily Collins at Linwood Dunn Theater on June 8, 2019, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

Rosario Dawson

Dawson is an accomplished actress, who made her feature film debut in the 1995 movie ‘Kids’. Meanwhile, in 2005, she appeared in the film adaptation of the popular musical 'Rent' where she played the exotic dancer Mimi Marquez. Dawson won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture in 2005 for her role in 'Rent'. Recently, she was seen playing Ahsoka Tano in the blockbuster hit Disney+ series ‘The Mandalorian’.


Rosario Dawson at Saban Theatre on October 17, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)

Karen Gilan

The Scottish actress started her career by doing guest roles in various TV shows. Gilan portrayed the role of Amy Pond in the series ‘Doctor Who’ and received a lot of praise for her acting. Since then, she has been a part of some of the biggest Hollywood ventures like ‘Guardian of the Galaxy’, ‘The Big Short’, ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ and ‘Bound for Greatness’.


Karen Gillan at BFI Southbank on August 14, 2012, in London, England (Getty Images)

Joey King

King gained recognition for portraying Ramona Quimby in the 2010 movie ‘Ramona and Beezus’ and has since gained wider recognition for her roles in ‘The Conjuring’, ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’, ‘Kissing Booth’ and ‘The Act’. She was nominated for both a Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for her work in the series ‘The Act’.


Joey King at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)

Aubrey Plaza

Plaza is best known for playing the role of April Ludgate on ‘Parks and Recreation’. The comedian-turned-actress has also starred in films like ‘Mystery Team’, ‘Funny People’, ‘Scott Pilgrim vs the World’, ‘Monsters University’, ‘Ingrid Goes West’, ‘Happiest Season’ and ‘Black Bear’.  


Aubrey Plaza at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel on February 23, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California (Getty Images)


Aaron-Taylor Johnson

Johnson is best known for his portrayal of the title character in ‘Kick-Ass’ and its 2013 sequel. He also portrayed the character of Pietro Maximof in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. For his performance in the 2016 movie ‘Nocturnal Animals’, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.


Aaron Taylor-Johnson at The London Hotel on December 4, 2019, in West Hollywood, California (Getty Images)


Created by Timothee Hochet, the series is being helmed by Fede Alvarez. The filmmaker is known for directing movies like ‘Don’t Breathe’, ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’ and ‘Chaos Walking’.


Fede Alvarez at Auditorium Parco Della Musica on October 24, 2018, in Rome, Italy (Getty Images)







Where to watch and how to live stream

‘Calls’ will be premiering exclusively on Apple TV+ on Friday, March 19, 2021.

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