Netflix has unveiled the first look at Away, the upcoming sci-fi drama starring Hilary Swank and Josh Charles. The project was first announced back in May 2019 and marks the latest in a recent wave of TV roles Swank has tackled, in addition to supporting roles on Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and FX’s Trust. Now, after more than a year of waiting and wondering, curious prospective viewers can now check out Swank as Mars-bound American astronaut and former Navy pilot Emma Green.
The Away teaser trailer focuses on Emma as she journeys away from her home planet of Earth and toward Mars, speaking to her husband, Matt (Charles), and teenage daughter, Lex (Talitha Bateman), as she floats away shedding one glorious, zero-gravity tear. Additionally, new images from Netflix introduce the international assemblage of scientists and researchers who will accompany Emma to study the red planet. The crew includes: Russian cosmonaut and engineer Misha Popov (Mark Ivanir), British-Ghanaian world-renowned botanist Kwesi Weisberg-Adebayo (Ato Essandoh), Indian Air Force fighter pilot Ram Arya (Ray Panthaki), and Chinese chemist and astronaut Lu Wang (Vivian Wu).
Away comes from creator Andrew Hinderaker (Penny Dreadful), executive producer Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), and showrunner Jessica Goldberg (Parenthood). The Away pilot was directed by Edward Zwick.
Away lands on Netflix on Friday, September 4. You can watch the first teaser and check out the first batch of images for the Hilary Swank-led series below.
Here’s the synopsis for Netflix’s Away:
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.