Berry turning TV star
Halle Berry has accepted her first starring role on the small screen.
The 47-year-old Oscar-winner is producing Extant with Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and it’s now been revealed Halle will be the face of series.
Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin TV is teaming up with CBS network on the project, confirmed the news to Deadline.
“There’s only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honoured that she has chosen Extant to expand her illustrious career,” the filmmaker said. “As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”
Halle negotiated a two-year, first-look production deal for the series, about an astronaut who tries to reconnect with her husband and son after returning home from a one-year solo trip to space.
Her character’s experiences, both in and out of this world, lead to events that will change the course of human history, the outlet reports.
The 13-episode straight to series order is due to hit American screens next summer.
Network executives at CBS are elated to be working with such a talented team.
“Halle is the type of award-winning actress you dream of collaborating with for an event project such as Extant,” CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler added.
Halle has reportedly turned down other small screen jobs in the past, including Emmy-winning drama Homeland and a role in the last season of Hostages.
“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,” she said in a statement on Friday, adding that she hasn’t turned her back on film completely.
“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.”
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