×

Stellan Skarsgard, Emily Watson Cast in HBO, Sky Miniseries ‘Chernobyl’

Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson have signed on to star in “Chernobyl,” the HBO and Sky nuclear disaster miniseries. The five-parter will dramatize the tragedy that took place at the titular nuclear plant in 1986 and the subsequent investigation.

Skarsgard (“Mamma Mia”) will play Boris Shcherbina, head of the Bureau for Fuel and Energy of the Soviet Union and leader of a government commission investigating the disaster. Watson will star as Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist committed to solving the scientific mystery of what led to the accident.

The project reunites the pair after they worked together on 1996 movie “Breaking the Waves.” Jared Harris (“The Crown”) has already been confirmed to play Valery Legasov, the Soviet scientist chosen by the Kremlin to investigate the accident.

Skarsgard said: “Nobody would see it as a privilege to spend five months in a dilapidated nuclear plant, unless it was to play in a script like this by Craig Mazin, work with a director like Johan Renck, collaborate with a producer like Jane Featherstone, jam with an actor like Jared Harris and finally be at the feet of Emily Watson whom I have been missing for some 20 years.”

“This is a significant piece of work and I’m honored to be part of it,” added Watson. “I can’t wait to get started with this amazing group of people, and am especially excited to be working with Stellan again.”

The series, produced by Sister Pictures and The Mighty Mint, is the first Sky-HBO project to be greenlit under a $250 million co-production deal. Shooting starts this spring, in Lithuania.

More TV

  • Shrill TV Show

    'Shrill' Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu (EXCLUSIVE)

    “Shrill” has been renewed for a third season at Hulu, Variety has learned. The third season will consist of eight episodes. The first season of the series was just six episodes while the second was also eight. The news comes just over two months after the launch of Season 2 on the streamer. The comedy series [...]

  • NO-MANS-LAND

    Amit Cohen, Ron Leshem Talk Fremantle Banner Title ‘No Man’s Land’

    One of the major buzz titles over the last seven days’ Series Mania/MipTV virtual marketplace, “No Man’s Land” starts in Paris, as Antoine, a construction engineer corroded by guilt at his sister’s death in a terrorist attack, thinks he glimpses her in TV footage of the Kurdish YPG militia. Minutes later in series terms, he [...]

  • Helen Hunt World on Fire

    What's in a Name? How U.S. Talent Buoys International Sales on European Drama

    While European actors have long been mainstays on American television, recent years have seen American stars gaining traction as the leads in international productions. Sandra Oh’s award-winning turn in “Killing Eve,” Carrie Anne Moss in “Wisting,” Anna Paquin in “Flack” and Rob Lowe in “Wild Bill” are just a few examples of familiar Hollywood faces [...]

  • BBC Kids

    Netflix, Nickelodeon Dominate Kids' Originals But BBC Is Strong Second

    U.S. giants Netflix and Nickelodeon are the world’s leading providers of children’s shows, more or less on a par. But the BBC’s kids’ brand CBBC ranks second and is also much more balanced in terms of its output of kids’ originals. Rankings and breakdown of product type were among the takeaways of the Fresh TV [...]

  • U.K. Freelancers

    U.K. Government Faces Pressure From Industry on Economic Measures for Freelancers

    The U.K. government is facing increasing pressure from the creative industries after it emerged that economic measures set out for the self-employed last week by Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak have yawning gaps in them. The measures may have come as a welcome move for many creative industries workers, but not all are eligible [...]

  • 5/07/18 Chris Cuomo Primetime

    CNN's Chris Cuomo Diagnosed With Coronavirus

    CNN said Tuesday that Chris Cuomo, the network’s most-watched anchor, had been diagnosed with coronavirus, but indicated he would continue his on-air duties while being quarantined at home. “I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath,” Cuomo said in remarks [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content