The show has Swank playing an American astronaut leading an international crew (including members from Russia, China, India, and Great Britain) on the first manned mission to Mars. The plot follows their challenges, both in outer space and relating to the sacrifices they’ve made to be there.
Created by Andrew Hinderaker (staff writer on Penny Dreadful) and Jessica Goldberg (creator of The Path), the series looks to be going firmly for the emotional drama route than the sci-fi route, as the crew navigates their mission and being so far from loved ones – as well as following what Swank’s family is going through. A family drama balanced out with some space drama could work well; let’s hope it goes better than similarly-themed cancelled Hulu series The First, which also had an Oscar winner, Sean Penn, going to the red planet.
Away, also starring Ato Essandoh, Mark Ivanir, Ray Panthaki, Vivian Wu, Talitha Bateman and Josh Charles, among others, will begin streaming on Netflix on September 4th.
Official synopsis for 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.