Wednesday, July 26, 2017

HBO Orders 5-Part Miniseries 'Chernobyl' Starring Jared Harris

During its presentation at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, HBO announced it's partnering with Sky Television to produce the five-part miniseries Chernobyl starring Emmy nominee Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Crown). Filming will begin in Lithuania in Spring 2018.

Chernobyl is a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the shocking, remarkable stories of the heroes who fought and fell.

Harris will play Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident.

The series will be written by Craig Mazin and directed by Johan Renck. They will executive produce with Carolyn Strauss and Jane Featherstone.

"From the moment Craig Mazin pitched us the story, we were convinced that this all-too-true tale of horror and redemption needed to be told," said Kary Antholis, President, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. "It will engage - and enrage - our viewers, as well as audiences around the world."