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Emmy-winning actress joins Apple’s sci-fi epic See

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Alfre Woodward at Global Green USA's 12th Annual Millennium Awards.
Alfre Woodward at Global Green USA's 12th Annual Millennium Awards.
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Apple’s sci-fi drama See already has Jason Momoa from Aquaman, and now he’s joined by Alfre Woodward, who has no less than four Emmys and an Oscar nomination.

Aside from some of the cast, a director, and the writer, all we know about See is that it will be an “epic, world-building drama set in the future,” according to Variety.

Woodward will play Paris, a “priestess and adviser” on the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Momoa will take the lead role of Baba Voss, described by Variety as “a fearless warrior, leader and guardian.”

The series will be directed and executive produced by Francis Lawrence, who previously helmed I Am Legend, and three of the four Hunger Games films. It’s being written and co-executive produced by Steven Knight, who has written extensively for Peaky Blinders.

Alfre Woodward has chops

Woodward is perhaps best known for appearances in Luke Cage and 12 Years a Slave, but her resume goes back to 1978.  She’s no stranger to science fiction, appearing in Captain America: Civil War and Star Trek: First Contact.  

Her Emmys came from guest appearances on Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Miss Evers’ Boys, and The Practice. She got a Best Actress Oscar nomination for Cross Creek.

Apple’s TV plans remain a mystery

See is just one of nearly two dozen TV shows Apple has ordered, including a sci-fi drama from the producer of Battlestar Galactica and an Amazing Stories reboot from Steven Spielberg himself. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Despite reportedly spending up to $1 billion creating all these original programs, Apple has yet to explain what it’s going to do with them. The most obvious strategy is launching an Apple TV service to compete with Hulu and Netflix. However, whether the iPhone-maker will actually do that remains a mystery.

Verizon reportedly would like to team up with Apple to stream video over the carrier’s nascent 5G network, but there’s no word on whether Apple is interested.