Actors Lee Pace and Jared Harris have signed for the lead roles in Apple’s upcoming “Foundation” series. The show is based on the classic Isaac Asimov novel of the same name.
The Hollywood Reporter reports Foundation chronicles the epic saga of The Foundation, a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.
Pace is well-known for his roles in “Pushing Daisies” and “Halt and Catch Fire,” along with his role in “The Hobbit” movies. Harris has starred in “Mad Men,” “Chernobyl,” “Carnival Row,” and “The Crown.”
Asimov wrote multiple novels in the “Foundation” series, spanning many years, telling the story of the rise and fall of multiple empires. Harris will be playing Hari Seldon, the mathematical genius, while Pace’s role will be that of Brother Day, the Emperor of the Galaxy.
While Apple TV+ will launch on November 1, “Foundation” is still in the casting stages, meaning it will be quite a while before it premieres on the service.
Apple’s streaming television service will launch on November 1 in 100+ countries and regions. The service will carry a monthly fee of $4.99, and a 7-day trial will be available. Users that purchase a new iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, or Mac will receive a free one-year subscription. Up to six family members can share a single subscription via Family Sharing.
An original lineup of shows and movies will include “The Morning Show,” “Dickinson,” “See,” “For All Mankind” and “The Elephant Queen.” The service will be available on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including online at tv.apple.com.