Oscar winner Halle Berry has been cast as the lead in Extant, CBS’ upcoming 13 episode drama series from Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television which the network has on tap for Summer 2014, TVWise has learned. In addition, Berry and her production partner Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas have inked a two-year first look production deal with CBS Television Studios.
Created by Mickey Fisher, Extant is a futuristic thriller about a female astronaut (Halle Berry) trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history. The drama series is being produced by Amblin Television & CBS Television Studios with Steven Spielberg, Greg Walker, Mickey Fisher, Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank serving as executive producers. CBS Studio International will handle global distribution.
“There’s only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen Extant to expand her illustrious career,” said Steven Spielberg. “As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”
Nina Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment, commented: “Halle is the type of award-winning actress you dream of collaborating with for an event project such as Extant. Her talent and ability to immerse herself into every performance has created memorable roles that have resonated with audiences everywhere. It’s a big coup for CBS to have Halle star in her first television series, especially with such an exciting original concept and a role layered with mystery and humanity.”
While Halle Berry added: “I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium. For five months a year I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I’ll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one. I’ve found amazing partners in CBS’s Nina Tassler and Les Moonves, and the incredible Steven Spielberg, along with his Amblin production team, whose vision and creativity in storytelling is unparalleled.”