HBO miniseries Chernobyl sets May premiere date
HBO has officially announced the premiere date for their upcoming historical drama miniseries Chernobyl. Starring Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men), Stellan Skarsgård (River, Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Emily Watson (The Dresser, The Theory of Everything), the series is scheduled to make its debut on May 6. In addition, a teaser trailer has been released which you can check out in the player below.
The upcoming five-part miniseries will be based on the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion on April 26, 1986. The show zooms in on the lives of the men and women who acted heroically to mitigate the catastrophic damage that devastated the former Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
Jared Harris portrays Valery Legasov, a leading Soviet nuclear physicist. As part of the response team, he was one of the first to grasp the scope of the unparalleled disaster that occurred. Stellan Skarsgård plays Soviet Deputy Prime Minister Boris Shcherbina, who is assigned by the Kremlin to lead the government commission on Chernobyl in the hours immediately following the accident. Emily Watson portrays Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the mystery of what led to the Chernobyl disaster.
Chernobyl will also star Paul Ritter (Lovesick), Jessie Buckley (Beast), Adrian Rawlins (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) , Con O’Neill (Harlots), Sam Troughton (The Ritual), Adam Nagaitis (The Terror), Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk), Ralph Ineson (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Mark Lewis Johns (Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi), Fares Fares (Westworld), and David Densik (McMafia).
Johan Renck will be directing Chernobyl based on the script by Craig Mazin, who will also serve as an executive producer. Sharing exec producing duties with Mazin are Carolyn Strauss and Jane Featherstone. Chris Fry will be co-executive producing along with Renck. The miniseries is produced by Sister Pictures and the Mighty Mint under the HBO and Sky co-production banner.