HBO has greenlighted a five-part miniseries about the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine. Actor Jared Harris (The Crown, Allied, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) is set to play Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident.
“From the moment Craig Mazin pitched us the story, we were convinced that this all-too-true tale of horror and redemption needed to be told,” said Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and CINEMAX Programming. “It will engage – and enrage – our viewers, as well as audiences around the world.”
Here’s the official description of the new series:
‘Chernobyl’ dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. The miniseries is a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility. The miniseries focuses on the heartbreaking scope of the CHERNOBYL–2 nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, revealing how and why it happened, and telling the shocking, remarkable stories of the heroes who fought and fell.
The series to be produced by Sister Pictures and The Mighty Mint as an HBO/Sky Television co-production.
Written by Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), CHERNOBYL will be executive produced by Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones, Treme), Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch, Flowers) and Craig Mazin, and co-executive produced by Chris Fry (Humans) and Johan Renck.
Filming will begin in Lithuania in spring 2018.