Talitha Bateman, Ato Essandoh & more join Netflix’s space drama series Away
Deadline brings word that Talitha Bateman (Love, Simon, Annabelle: Creation), Ato Essandoh (Altered Carbon, Blue Bloods), Mark Ivanir (Homeland, Barry), Ray Panthaki (Gangs of London, Colette) and Vivian Wu (Cathy Yan’s Dead Pigs, Rúyì Zhuàn) have joined the cast of Netflix’s space drama series Away.
The cast will join the previously announced stars, Hilary Swank and Josh Charles. Loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire article of the same name, Away centers on Emma Green (Swank), an American astronaut who must leave her husband Matt (Charles) and teenage daughter (Bateman) 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.
Bateman will play Alexis Logan, Emma and Matt’s teenage daughter who must now come of age with her father facing life-changing health challenges and her mother in space. Essandoh plays Kwesi, a British-Ghanaian botanist and the mission’s only rookie astronaut.
Ivanir portrays Misha, a veteran Russian cosmonaut and the ship’s engineer. Panthaki will play Ram, an Indian astronaut and the crew’s medic, co-pilot and second-in-command. Wu plays Yu, a Chinese taikonaut and the crew’s geologist and chemist.
Jessica Goldberg (The Path) serves as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Universal Television, True Jack Productions, and 6th & Idaho will produce the series which has Andrew Hinderaker set as writer and co-executive producer alongside Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Roswell) plus Reeves, Michelle Lee (Rise, The Path), Adam Kassan (Black Mass, End of Watch), and Jeni Mulein. The first episode is written by Hinderaker and directed by EP Ed Zwick.
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