HBO is making a Chernobyl disaster series starring Jared Harris

HBO has announced it is working on a five-part miniseries that will focus on the events of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Variety reports that the series will look at the people who gave their lives to stop a worldwide catastrophe, with Jared Harris set to play Valery Legasov, a Kremlin scientist.

You’ll know Harris from his roles as Lane Pryce on Mad Men, King George VI on The Crown, Professor Moriarty in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Doctor Jones on Fringe.

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The publication states that the series, which is the first ever co-production between HBO and Sky, will film in Lithuania next year.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War scriptwriter Craig Mazin and Breaking Bad director Johan Renck will work on Chernobyl as, well, scriptwriter and director.

HBO’s Kary Antholis says: “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.

“It will engage – and enrage – our viewers, as well as audiences around the world.”

Meanwhile, Sky’s Gary Davey states: “The scale of the production makes it a perfect first project for our co-production partnership with HBO, encapsulating our ambition to develop high-end drama with international viewpoints and casting.”

That comment about enraging viewers is a very interesting thing to say, isn’t it?

If Chernobyl is filming next year, we can probably expect it in 2019.

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