Joel Kinnaman joins Apple’s space race sci-fi series

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Joel Kinnaman starred in the 2014 RoboCop reboot. Next he'll star in the Apple sci-fi series from Ronald D. Moore.
Joel Kinnaman starred in the 2014 RoboCop reboot.
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Apple is reportedly fleshing out the cast for its original sci-fi series from Ronald D. Moore, adding Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman and Sarah Jones in lead roles. The as-yet-untitled show takes place in a world in which the global space race never slowed down.

Kinnaman, who previously appeared in the RoboCop reboot and Netflix’s Altered Carbon, will play Edward Baldwin, one of NASA’s top astronauts. Dorman (who starred in Amazon’s Patriots) and Jones (USA Network’s Western drama Damnation) will play Gordo and Tracy Stevens, a prominent NASA couple.

Apple’s rapidly growing slate of original TV shows just keeps getting more enticing. The latest casting news, as reported by Variety, gives us more detail on the highly anticipated sci-fi series from Moore, who worked magic with his gritty Battlestar Galactica reboot in the early 2000s.

Kinnaman is quite a score for the series. While neither of his previous sci-fi roles quite lived up to expectations, he was good in both of them. And the actor proved particularly strong in Netflix’s House of Cards. (He played Republican Gov. Will Conway.)

The Apple sci-fi series is being created, written and executive-produced by Moore. In addition to Battlestar Galactica, he is the showrunner on Starz series Outlander, and has writing credits on Star Trek series The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager. Working with Moore are Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, who were co-executive producers on the Fargo TV series.

Apple struck the deal for the sci-fi series late last year.

Apple’s original content initiative

Apple now has around 20 original series in various stages of development, spanning a broad range of genres. So far, Cupertino has roped in some pretty impressive and well-known names for its production efforts, including Damien Chazelle, J.J. Abrams, M. Night Shyamalan and Steven Spielberg.

From the sound of things, Moore’s biggest rival as Apple’s best sci-fi series will be an adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s sci-fi trilogy Foundation.

There’s still no word on how Apple plans to show these original series, but maybe next month’s iPhone event will shed a bit of light on things.

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Source: Variety