HBO is taking a closer look at Chernobyl. The pay cabler has greenlighted a five-part miniseries about the 1986 nuclear disaster in Ukraine with Mad Men star Jared Harris attached to star. Filming will begin in Lithuania in spring 2018.
Titled Chernobyl, the project dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.
Harris will star as Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident.
Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) will write and Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead), will direct. Mazin will exec produce with Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones) and Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch), with Renck and Chris Fry (Humans) attached to co-exec produce.
Chernobyl will mark the first production of the drama partnership between HBO and Sky. Sister Pictures and The Mighty Mint will also produce the mini.