Fox UK Picks Up ‘The Passage’ Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar With Jan Premiere Date

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23 Nov 18

Fox UK has taken the UK rights to character-driven thriller The Passage starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar to premiere in January 2019, the day after the US, the broadcaster has announced.

Based on author Justin Cronin’s best-selling trilogy of the same name, the drama focuses on Project NOAH, a secret medical facility where scientists are experimenting with a dangerous virus that could lead to the cure for all disease, but also carries the potential to wipe out the human race.

When a young girl, Amy Bellafonte (Saniyya Sidney – ‘Fences’, ‘Hidden Figures’), is chosen to be a test subject, Federal Agent Brad Wolgast (Mark-Paul Gosselaar – ‘Franklin & Bash’, ‘Saved By The Bell’) is the man who is tasked with bringing her to Project NOAH. Ultimately, however, Wolgast becomes her surrogate father, trying to protect her at any cost.

Brad and Amy’s journey will force them to confront Project NOAH’s lead scientists, Major Nichole Sykes (Caroline Chikezie – ‘The Shannara Chronicles’) and Dr. Jonas Lear (Henry Ian Cusick – ‘The 100’, ‘Lost’), as well as the hardened former Navy Operative Clark Richards (Vincent Piazza – ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Rescue Me’), whom Brad trained. It likewise brings them face-to-face with a dangerous new race of beings confined within the walls of Project NOAH, including former scientist Tim Fanning (Jamie McShane – ‘Bosch’, ‘Sons of Anarchy’), along with death-row inmates Shauna Babcock (Brianne Howey – ‘The Exorcist’) and Anthony Carter (McKinley Belcher III – ‘Ozark’, ‘Mercy Street’). In seeking out any allies he can find, Brad also turns to his former wife, Dr. Lila Kyle (Emmanuelle Chriqui – ‘Entourage’, ‘Murder in the First’), for help.

But as Project NOAH’s scientists hone in on a cure that could save humanity, these new beings begin to test their own powers, inching one step closer to an escape that could lead to an unimaginable apocalypse.

‘The Passage’ is written by Liz Heldens (‘Friday Night Lights’) and exec produced by the award-winning Ridley Scott (‘The Martian’, ‘Gladiator’) and writer/director Matt Reeves (‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Cloverfield’).

The Passage‘ Season 1 gets its UK premiere on Tuesday, 15th January 2019 at 9pm on Fox UK.