If “the truth” is truly out there, then History is banking on viewers wanting to get to the bottom of where that search for the truth really began with new UFO drama series Blue Book. Executive produced by Oscar winner Robert Zemeckis, the ten-episode series has found its female lead in Laura Mennell (The Man in the High Castle) who will star opposite Aidan Gillen in the scripted drama series. Robert Stromberg (Maleficent) will direct the first two episodes of the series; created and written on by David O’Leary, with Sean Jablonski serving as showrunner.
Here’s a brief overview of what Blue Book is all about:
“Blue Book chronicles the true top secret U.S. Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s, known as “Project Blue Book.” Gillen plays Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant astrophysicist, family man, and UFO skeptic who is recruited as the Chief Scientific Advisor to “Project Blue Book.” Mennell will play Allen’s wife, Mimi Hynek, who is seemingly a content stay-at-home housewife but has plans to become much more.”
O’Leary and Jablonski will co-executive produce the series alongside Zemeckis; and Jack Rapke and Jackie Levine from Compari Entertainment. A+E Studios and Compari Entertainment (a division of Zemeckis’ ImageMovers) will handle overall production.
Mennell’s series responsibilities could be keeping her pretty busy very soon: she also co-stars opposite Ron Livingston in Peter Farrelly‘s comedy series Loudermilk for the Audience Network. Though Blue Book is her first priority, if Loudermilk is renewed for a second season then she could be available for more episodes if shooting schedules permit. Mennellis is also set to recur in Amazon’s The Man In the High Castle.
Along with Blue Book, History has begun casting its second scripted series: The Breach: Inside the Impeachment of Bill Clinton, from producer R.J. Cutler.
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