Hilary Swank Heads for Mars in New Trailer for “Away”
The pull of the Red Planet is such that it could qualify as its own Martian genre, which itself would encompass everything from horror to heartfelt, reality-based to rococo. From Ridley Scott’s The Martian to Andrew Stanton’s John Carter to Tim Burton’s Mars Attacks! to Simon Wells Disney animated Mars Needs Moms, we keep going back to our nearest planetary neighbor, with a staggeringly diverse set of results. Even in movies about other planets, like James Gray’s haunting Ad Astra (the ultimate destination was Neptune), Mars often steals the show. (The “Space Pirate” scene in Ad Astra, set on Mars, was simply epic.)
Which brings us to Netflix’s upcoming series Away, starring Hilary Swank as astronaut Emma Green, who is prepping to leave her husband (Josh Charles) and daughter (Talitha Bateman) to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars. As with the more serious-minded Mars-centric films, Away focuses on the human drama inherent in any mission to the planet—Emma will be leaving her family for three years in order to make the journey. What’s exciting about Away, along with the great cast (more on them in a second) is that the series format will offer a chance to really dig into the ramifications of traveling 55.6 million miles away from Earth.
Away comes from creators Jessica Goldberg and Andrew Hinderaker. Joining Swank are Ray Panthaki, Mark Ivanir, Ato Essandoh, Ato Essandoh, Adam Irigoyen, Ray Panthaki, and Vivian Wu. Away is set to take flight on Netflix on September 4. Check out the trailer below:
Here’s the official synopsis from Netflix:
From Executive Producer Jason Katims, the Netflix series Away is a thrilling, emotional drama on an epic scale that celebrates the incredible advancements humans can achieve and the personal sacrifices they must make along the way. As American astronaut Emma Green (Hilary Swank) prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars, she must reconcile her decision to leave behind her husband (Josh Charles) and teenage daughter (Talitha Bateman) when they need her the most. As the crew’s journey into space intensifies, their personal dynamics and the effects of being away from their loved ones back on Earth become increasingly complex. Away shows that sometimes to reach for the stars, we must leave home behind. Created by Andrew Hinderaker, the series is executive produced by showrunner Jessica Goldberg, Jason Katims, Matt Reeves, Andrew Hinderaker, Edward Zwick, Hilary Swank, Adam Kassan, and Jeni Mulein.
Featured image: AWAY (L to R) HILARY SWANK as EMMA GREEN, in episode 101 of AWAY. Cr. DIYAH PERA/NETFLIX © 2020