Just a month after it was announced that Joel Kinnaman would not be returning for season 2 of Altered Carbon on Netflix (and that Marvel star Anthony Mackie would be taking his place) he has lined up his next move…space. Kinnaman is set to star in a new original series for Apple from Outlander and Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore.
According to TVLine, the untitled series “imagines a world where the global space race of the 1960s never ended, with Kinnaman starring as top NASA astronaut Edward Baldwin.” He joins Patriot’s Michael Dorman and Sons of Anarchy’s Sarah Jones who have been cast to play married NASA employees Gordo and Tracy Stevens. Apple first ordered the concept to series back in December.
The series will be produced by Sony Pictures Television in conjunction with Ronald D. Moore’s banner Tall Ship Productions. It was both created and written by Moore, whose credits also include Star Trek, Roswell, and Mission: Impossible II, as well as Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. The three of them will all executive produce with Tall Ship’s Maril Davis.
Moore’s series will join a growing lineup from Apple, which features series such as Jason Momoa’s See, Aaron Paul and Octavia Spencer’s Are You Sleeping? and the untitled Reese Witherspoon/Jennifer Aniston project and It’s Always Sunny’s Charlie Day and Rob McElhenney’s new comedy. Kristen Wiig was originally attached to star in a comedy series but had to drop out due to filming conflicts with Wonder Woman 1984.
Kinnaman is fresh off his one-season run on Netflix’s Altered Carbon where he played Takeshi Kovacs. He also has an original series order over at Amazon with Hanna, which is based on the 2011 film. At this time Kinnaman only has a one-year deal with the streaming site for that series. He had a starring role on the AMC/Netflix series The Killing, where he played detective Stephen Holder alongside Mirelle Enos for four seasons. Kinnaman will also be reprising his role as Rick Flag in the upcoming Suicide Squad 2 and will appear alongside Rosamund Pike and Clive Owen in Three Seconds, a crime drama that follows an ex-convict who intentionally gets arrested in order to infiltrate the mob.
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