Stellan Skarsgård (River) and Emily Watson (A Song For Jenny) have been tapped to star in Chernobyl, Sky Atlantic’s five part miniseries which is set up as a co-production with U.S. premium cable network HBO.
Chernobyl tells the story of the unprecedented man-made tragedy, and the brave men and women who made incredible sacrifices to save Europe from unimaginable disaster in 1986. The project is the first to come from a $250 million co-production deal between Sky and HBO.
Skarsgård will play Boris Shcherbina, head of the Bureau for Fuel and Energy of the USSR, and appointed leader of the government commission on Chernobyl in the early hours of the accident; while Watson will star as Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the scientific mystery of what led to the disaster at Chernobyl, so that it can be prevented from ever happening again.
The miniseries is being penned by Craig Mackin and is set up at Sister Pictures and The Mighty Mint. Breaking Bad helmer Johan Renck is the director. Production gets underway in Lithuania this Spring for a late 2018 premiere. The executive producers are Jane Featherstone and Craig Mazin for Sister Pictures, Carolyn Strauss for The Mighty Mint and Gabriel Silver for Sky. Sanne Wohlenberg is the series producer, while Johan Renck and Chris Fry co-executive produce.