New Apple Series
Joel Kinnaman is one of three actors to join the new sci-fi series by Ron Moore (via Deadline). The other two actors are Michael Dorman and Sarah Jones. Ron Moore’s Tall Ship Productions and Sony Pictures television are producing the series so Apple can compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon.
Ron Moore has a long history with the sci-fi genre. He started with work on Star Trek: The Next Generationa and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Then he developed Sci-Fi’s (now SyFy) Battlestar Galactica reboot and Starz’s Outlander. Now, Moore is developing a space-based series for Apple.
The unnamed series will take place in an alternate timeline where the space race never ended. Thus, humanity has reached far beyond the accomplishments of modern space-explorers. This series will join Apple’s other original content such as Planet of the Apps.
Deadline reported Kinnaman is playing a NASA astronaut named Edward Baldwin in the untitled Ron Moore series. His co-stars Michael Dorman and Sarah Jones will play an astronaut couple named Gordo and Tracy Stephens.
Joel Kinnaman is Swedish-American actor who started acting in Sweden and eventually found his way to Hollywood. His notable television roles include Takeshi Kovacs in Altered Carbon and Governor Will Conway in House of Cards. Netflix produced both U.S. shows, so Kinnaman is no stranger to streaming television. His notable big screen roles include Alex Murphy in 2014’s Robocop and Rick Flag in 2016’s Suicide Squad.
Sarah Jones was the star of 2012’s short-lived Fox series Alcatraz, produced by J.J. Abrams. She went on to be a regular on CBS’s period-drama Vegas and acquired main roles in Hulu’s The Path and USA’s Damnation.
Michael Dorman is a New Zealand actor best known for the Australian drama series The Secret Life of Us. He stars in Amazon’s comedy-drama Patriot, which was renewed for a second season.
Apple Original Content
Apple is aggressively entering the original content market. They have multiple projects in the works by big-name creators like Steven Spielberg, M. Night Shyamalan, Jennifer Anniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, Kirsten Wiig, and Kumail Nanjiani. Apple is looking for a big hit instead of producing multiple shows for a wide range of audiences like Netflix. Many of the greenlit shows are straight-to-series. Normally, a show creates a pilot episode as a proof-of-concept.