HBO is developing a five-part miniseries dramatising the true story of the Chernobyl disaster.
The series, which stars Emmy nominated actor Jared Harris (The Crown, Mad Men), is directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead) from a script penned by Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter’s War).
The dramatised retelling will tell the story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history and will bring to light the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe. Jared Harris plays Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident.
According to HBO, the miniseries will tell a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction and of human failure. Focusing on the scope of the nuclear plant disaster that occurred in Ukraine in April 1986, the series will reveal how and why the tragic event occurred.
“From the moment Craig Mazin pitched us the story, we were convinced that this all-too-true tale of horror and redemption needed to be told,” said Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. “It will engage — and enrage — our viewers, as well as audiences around the world.”
The series is executive produced by two-time Emmy winner Carolyn Strauss (Game of Thrones), Jane Featherstone (Broadchurch) and Craig Mazin. Chris Fry (Humans) and Johan Renck will act as co-executive producers.