Lena Headey returning to television in Beacon 23
After garnering five Emmy nominees during her tenure on the hit HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones, Lena Headey is gearing up to return to the small-screen world with a series adaptation of the sci-fi thriller novel Beacon 23 at AMC and Spectrum.
First published in 2016 and written by Hugh Howey, the official logline for the novel reads as follows:
For centuries, men and women have manned lighthouses to ensure the safe passage of ships. It is a lonely job, and a thankless one for the most part. Until something goes wrong. Until a ship is in distress. In the twenty-third century, this job has moved into outer space. A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at many times the speed of light. These beacons are built to be robust. They never break down. They never fail. At least, they aren’t supposed to.
The series is being created by Ready Player One co-writer Zak Penn and is described as “an intimate, suspenseful thriller that follows two people whose fates become entangled after they find themselves trapped together at the end of the known universe” and a “tense battle of wills that unfolds at the edge of space” as “the beacon keeper, begins to question whether Aster is friend or foe as her ability to disguise her agenda and motives could make her a formidable opponent.” Headey is set to co-lead the series as Aster, a woman who mysteriously finds her way to a lonely beacon keeper on his lighthouse in the darkest recesses of space.”
“Lena Headey was a wonderful, versatile actress before she gave one of the defining performances in television history,” Penn said in a statement. “So, as they say, ‘no pressure.’ I’m thankful to all the people making this show possible, they just keep delivering beyond my expectations.”
In addition to starring, Headey is set to executive produce the project via her Peephole Productions label alongside Ira Steven Behr, Tina Thor, Elisa Ellis and Katie O’Connell Marsh. The series is a co-production between Spectrum and AMC, with the former getting a nine-month exclusive run before it gets a second run across the latter’s platforms.
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