Halle Berry to star in Spielberg produced Extant on TV
Story by Jack Foley
HALLE Berry is to star in futuristic TV thriller Extant, which is being executive produced by Steven Spielberg.
The Oscar-winning actress will play a female astronaut attempting to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space.
However, the character’s experiences lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.
Commenting on her decision to take on the role, Berry – who was most recently seen in box office hit The Call – said: “I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles, and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity, it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium.
“For five months a year I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman. And for the remainder of the year, I’ll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one.
“I’ve found amazing partners in CBS’s Nina Tassler and Les Moonves, and the incredible Steven Spielberg, along with his Amblin production team, whose vision and creativity in storytelling is unparalleled.”
CBS will air the show on US TV, having won a fierce bidding war.
The company’s president Nina Tassler also said in a statement: “Halle is the type of award-winning actress you dream of collaborating with for an event project such as Extant. Her talent and ability to immerse herself into every performance has created memorable roles that have resonated with audiences everywhere.
“It’s a big coup for CBS to have Halle star in her first television series, especially with such an exciting original concept and a role layered with mystery and humanity.”
Berry has been associated with TV before, which has always yielded positive returns. She earned an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for HBO’s Introducing Dorothy Dandridge and Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Oprah Winfrey’s Their Eyes Were Watching God.
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