What happens when you cry in zero-gravity? Asking for a friend.
Prepare for an intergalactic sobfest, Netflix watchers. On Monday, Netflix released the trailer for Hilary Swank’s Away, and it’s clear the show is going to be an emotional experience, to say the least. Swank, a two-time Oscar winner, stars as Emma Green, a former Navy pilot, and commander of the first international space mission to Mars. Unfortunately, the mission requires astronauts to be away three years, which means Emma must leave her husband Matt (Josh Charles) and her teenage daughter Alexis (Talitha Bateman) behind on Earth.
Instead of focusing on the space travel itself, Away seems to be more about the human toll of exploration. In the trailer alone, Emma struggles with guilt over leaving her daughter, especially as her husband suffers a stroke. But of course, she’s not alone in feeling disconnected from her family. The trailer also teases an international crew of scientists and astronauts, each with their own baggage. "Do you think you’re the only one haunted by the sacrifices you made to get here?" a fellow astronaut asks Emma in the trailer. Before a mission, another space traveler adds: "We’re all scared, but it’s about having faith in each other."
Andrew Hinderaker created Away, along with Jason Katims, who was behind similarly sob-worthy shows Parenthood and Friday Night Lights, will executive produce the series. The Path creator Jessica Goldberg joins the show as showrunner as well.
Away is loosely based on a 2014 Esquire article with the same title, which profiled the first American astronaut to spend a year in space. Katims said that, despite not having tremendous prior knowledge of space travel, there was, "something about this article that really gripped me." He added that it was, "a different way of thinking about space" more focused on, "what the human experience was like to be away for so long, how to stay connected to the world, and what it does to your mind and body."
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