Wednesday, September 20, 2023

MGM+ Picks Up Drama 'Beacon 23' Starring Lena Headey and Stephan James

MGM+ has today picked up the original drama series Beacon 23 starring Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) and Stephan James (Homecoming) - which was originally ordered to series by Spectrum and AMC in October 2020.

The 8-episode first season of the drama will launch on Sunday, November 12 at 9/8c. with back-to-back episodes. A second season has already been produced as well.

Based on the novel by Hugh Howey, the drama takes place in the farthest reaches of the Milky Way. The series follows Aster (Headey), a government agent, and Halan (James), a stoic ex-military man, whose fates become entangled after they find themselves trapped together inside one of many Beacons that serve as a lighthouse for intergalactic travelers. Every Beacon is run by one highly trained human and a specialized Artificial Intelligence. Aster mysteriously finds her way to the lonely Beacon-keeper Halan, and a tense battle of wills unfolds. Halan begins to question whether Aster is friend or foe, as her ability to disguise her agenda and motives could make her a formidable opponent.

Zak Penn developed the drama. He executive produces with Headey, James, Glen Mazzara, David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, James Middleton, Nick Nantell, Tina Thor, Katie O'Connell Marsh, Elisa Ellis, Liz Varner, Ira Steven Behr, Daniel Percival and Joy Blake. Boat Rocker Studios produces.

"Beacon 23 is a series in the best tradition of thought-provoking genre storytelling," said Michael Wright, Head of MGM+. "With the incredible vision of Zak Penn and Glen Mazzara, riveting performances by Lena Headey and Stephan James, and an exciting world-building design, Beacon 23 is essential viewing for fans of premium science-fiction drama."