Beau Willimon’s (House of Cards) new science fiction-drama The First has finally received a launch date from Hulu, with the streaming service set to premiere the Sean Penn (Dead Man Walking, The Game) / Natascha McElhone (Ronin, Californication) series on Friday, September 14. To coincide with the announcement, Hulu is also giving us some new first-look (no pun intended) photos of the right-episode series; which is owned and produced by Westward Productions, and co-financed by the streaming service, Channel 4 and IMG.
“It’s a story about the human spirit, about our indomitable need to reach for unknown horizons. About people working toward the greatest pioneering achievement in human history. And about the cost of that vision, the danger and sacrifice – emotional, psychological, and physical – that’s required to achieve it. How ordinary, imperfect people band together and overcome a myriad of obstacles to grasp the extraordinary.” – Beau Willimon
Written by Willimon and set in New Orleans in 2031, The First examines the first human mission to Mars, exploring the triumphs and challenges that come with taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The focus of the series will not be solely on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth responsible for keeping them alive.
McElhone’s Laz Ingram is the C.E.O. of space-travel company Vista who’s on a mission to send a team of astronauts to colonize Mars. Penn’s Tom Hagerty is a former NASA astronaut who helps get Laz funding for her company’s ambitious mission. Joining Penn and McElhone for The First are cast members LisaGay Hamilton (Chance, Men of a Certain Age), Oded Fehr (Covert Affairs, 24: Legacy) , James Ransone (Bosch, Mosaic), and Hannah Ware (Betrayal, Boss).