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Hilary Swank heads to Mars in Netflix’s Away

Updated 09-05-19 | 13:00 PM | Freelancer Reporter

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Hilary Swank (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby, PS I Love You) is heading to Mars for Netflix’s new series Away.

The 10-episode sci-fi drama, which is exec-produced by Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves, is loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire article of the same name. Announced last year, it’s now found its leading star, with two-time Oscar winner Swank coming aboard to play Emma Green.

An American astronaut, she must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous mission. It is a series about hope, humanity and how we need one another if we are to achieve impossible things.

Jessica Goldberg (The Path) will serve as showrunner, writer, and executive producer. Swank will also serve as an executive producer on the series, alongside Ed Zwick (Nashville, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, The Last Samurai), who will direct the first episode, and Andrew Hinderaker, who will write the first episode; and Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), who will also serve as writer. Other EPs include Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield, Felicity), Adam Kassan, Michelle Lee (episode 101 only), and Jeni Mulein (for episodes 102-110).

Netflix heads to Mars with new series Away

11th June 2018

Netflix is heading to Mars for its latest original series Away.

The sci-fi drama, which is exec-produced by Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves, is loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire article of the same name. It is an epic love story and a thrilling tale of survival set against humanity’s greatest endeavor – the first human mission to Mars.

It will follow Emma, an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind in order to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous, year-long mission. Away is a series about hope, humanity and how ultimately, we need one another if we are to achieve impossible things.

Netflix has commissioned a 10-episode season from Universal Television, True Jack Productions and 6th & Idaho, with Andrew Hinderaker (pictured) and Jason Katims writing and co-exec-producing. Michelle Lee will exec produce the first episode, while Jeni Mulein will co-exec produce the remaining nine episodes.

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