Netflix Announces Additional Cast Joining Hilary Swank & Josh Charles In Space Drama ‘Away’

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14 Aug 19

Netflix Announces Additional Cast Joining Hilary Swank In Space Drama ‘Away’ – L to R: Talitha Bateman, Mark Ivanir, Ato Essandoh, Vivian Wu, Ray Panthaki

Netflix has added to the cast for Season 1 of their upcoming space drama Away, who will join the previously announced leads, Hilary Swank (‘Trust’, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’) and Josh Charles (‘Law & Order True Crime’, ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’).

‘Away’ centres on Emma Green (Swank), an American astronaut who must leave her husband, Matt Logan (Charles), and teenage daughter 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. The series is loosely inspired by the Chris Jones article from Esquire, which documented renowned astronaut Scott Kelly’s mission to space.

The new cast includes:

Talitha Bateman (‘Love Simon’, ‘Annabelle: Creation’) will star as Alex Logan, Emma and Matt’s aforementioned teenage daughter, who must now come of age with her father facing life-changing health challenges and her mother in space.

Ato Essandoh (‘Altered Carbon’, ‘Blue Bloods’) will play Kwesi, a British-Ghanaian botanist and the mission’s only rookie astronaut.

Mark Ivanir (‘Homeland’, ‘Barry’) portrays Misha, a veteran Russian cosmonaut and the ship’s engineer.

Ray Panthaki (‘Gangs of London’, ‘Marcella’, ‘Colette’) plays Ram, an Indian astronaut and the crew’s medic, co-pilot and second-in-command.

Vivian Wu (‘Cathy Yan’s Dead Pigs’, ‘Rúyì Zhuàn’) is Lu, a Chinese taikonaut and the crew’s geologist and chemist.

The 10-episode series was created by Andrew Hinderaker (‘Penny Dreadful’, ‘Pure Genius’) who writes the first episode, with Ed Zwick (‘Nashville’, ‘Jack Reacher: Never Go Back’, ‘The Last Samurai’) directing. Jessica Goldberg (‘The Path’) serves as showrunner and writer, with Jason Katims (‘Friday Night Lights’, ‘Parenthood’) also writing some episodes. Hinderaker, Swank, Katims, Zwick, and Goldberg exec produce alongside Matt Reeves (‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Cloverfield’, ‘Felicity’), Adam Kassan, Michelle Lee (episode 101 only), and Jeni Mulein (episodes 102-110).

No news on a premiere date yet for Away‘ Season 1, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.