Jodi Balfour has joined the cast of Ronald D. Moore’s Apple sci-fi series.
The drama, which is produced by Sony Pictures Television and Moore’s Tall Ship Productions, explores what might have happened if the global space race never ended. The series is one of a number of original productions in the works at Apple’s soon-to-launch streaming service, and has already assembled a star-studded cast to match Moore behind the camera: Joel Kinnaman (The Killing, Altered Carbon), Michael Dorman (Patriot, Wonderland), Sarah Jones (Damnation The Path), Shantel VanSanten (Shooter, One Tree Hill) and Wrenn Schmidt (The Looming Tower, Outcast) star in the programme.
Now, they’ll be joined by Jodi Balfour, who recently played Jackie Kennedy on Netflix’s The Crown. Balfour will play pilot Ellen Waverly, alongside Kinnaman’s Edward Baldwin, a top NASA astronaut, and Dorman and Jones’ prominent NASA couple, Gordon and Tracy Stevens. Balfour’s casting follows her joining the third season of HBO’s True Detective in a key recurring role.
It also follows reports that Apple is aiming for a safe stable of original content, rather than anything too edgy or dark, as concerns over brand reputation impact the technology giant’s creative arm. While the fledgling platform’s launch date has been pushed back into next year, work continues afoot on Apple’s projects, including the announcement of an official title for Ron Moore’s series: the previously untitled show will be called For All Mankind.
Moore, Wolpert and Nedivi are EPs on the series, alongside Tall Ship’s Maril Davis.
Joel Kinnaman joins Ron Moore’s Apple series
15th August 2018
Joel Kinnaman has joined Ron Moore’s Apple TV series.
The House of Cards, Robocop and Altered Carbon star will lead the cast in the upcoming space drama, which will explore what might have happened if the global space race never ended.
Kinnaman will be joined by Michael Dorman and Sarah Jones. Sarah Jones’ CV includes cult drama The Path, which hailed from Hulu and was released on Amazon Prime Video in the UK. Dorman is also no stranger to streaming projects, having played the lead in Amazon’s Patriot, which is currently awaiting the release of Season 2. The decision for a third season, though, will be influenced by Dorman’s commitment to the Apple series. Kinnaman, meanwhile, is also attached to an Amazon project, the TV series Hanna, although that is currently only a one-year deal.
Kinnaman will play Edward Baldwin, a top NASA astronaut, while Dorman and Jones will place Gordo and Tracy Stevens, a prominent NASA couple.
While the talent in front of the camera is impressive, the name behind the camera was the original draw for Apple: Ronald D. Moore is a legend of the sci-fi genre, with both Battlestar Galactica and Outlander under his belt. This untitled series is produced by his Tall Ship productions and Sony Pictures Television. Moore will write the series along with Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. The trio will exec produce alongside Marl Davis for Tall Ship.
The programme joins a growing roster of originals at Apple TV, including a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories anthology, a series from Reese Witherspon, a comedy from Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney, and See, a new drama from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence.