The Next Great Sci-Fi Epic Is Almost Here, and Naturally, Lee Pace Stars as the Emperor
2021 is going to be the year of sci-fi epics. Star Wars may be done for now, but it’s left us with plenty of worthy successors, with Dune and Foundation leading the pack. Dune has received plenty of buzz in recent months, so it’s time to give Foundation some love. Apple TV+ dropped an epic teaser trailer to the upcoming show, and the two-minute clip was enough to tell us that this will be a space opera of epic proportions.
Set to premiere on September 24, 2021, only on Apple TV+, the drama series is based on the book series of the same name by American author Isaac Asimov, one of the greatest science fiction writers of our time. The Foundation book series started out as short stories in the ‘40s and ‘50s before growing into a massively popular book series set in the far-flung future as the fictional Galactic Empire nears its demise.
Jared Harris (Chernobyl, The Crown, Mad Men) will star as the show’s pivotal character, Hari Seldon, a mathematician who develops a science that can predict the future through algorithms and probabilities. Through this science, Seldon predicts the downfall of the Galactic Empire and the 30,000-year dark age that will follow. In effort to save the Milky Way and its 25 million planets, Seldon devises a plan to reduce the 30,000 years to only 1,000 and allow the universe to one day rebuild from the chaos.
Now that is a plot that’s deserving of the genre title “epic,” perhaps even more than any other sci-fi film we know. Nothing like the unavoidable end of the world to be the catalyst of space opera drama.
Also starring in the show is Lee Pace, who once again steps into the role of an egomaniacal ruler. This time, Pace will star as Brother Day, Emperor of the Galaxy, a character that would give his characters Ronan the Accuser (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Thranduil (The Hobbit franchise) a run for their money.
The Foundation books unfold over the course of a thousand years, so we’re not quite sure what timeline the first season will encompass. Foundation’s sprawling plot and giant scope will introduce new generations of viewers to the groundbreaking works of Asimov, who based his “hard science fiction” on actual scientific accuracy and logic.
Of course, aside from its epic plot, Foundation will be bringing something else to the table: an insane amount of aesthetic sci-fi shots to satisfy all your nerdy fantasies. Just look:
Only two teaser trailers have been released so far, but our minds have already been blown.
Foundation was created by David Goyer, the mastermind behind the Blade trilogy, The Dark Knight trilogy, Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; and Josh Friedman, who has worked on War of the Worlds, Snowpiercer, and Avatar 2.