The First (Hulu 2018, Natascha McElhone, Sean Penn)

The First follows the first human mission to Mars, exploring the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization. The story focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth.

From Hulu’s press release, July 2018… Sean Penn leads an ensemble cast in this near-future drama about a crew of astronauts attempting to become the first humans on Mars. Under the direction of visionary aerospace magnate Laz Ingram (Natascha McElhone), the crew contends with peril and personal sacrifice as they undertake the greatest pioneering feat in human history.

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The First stars Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Hannah Ware, Keiko Agena, Rey Lucas, James Ransone, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Brian Lee Franklin and Oded Fehr.

production details
USA / Hulu – Westward / 8×60 minutes / Released on 14 September 2018

Executive Producers include creator and showrunner Beau Willimon and Jordan Tappis for Westward Productions.

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cast
Natascha McElhone as Laz Ingram
Sean Penn as Tom Haggerty
Oded Fehr as Eitan Hafri
Hannah Ware as Sadie Hewitt

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