‘The Path’ grad Jessica Goldberg will serve as showrunner on ‘Away,’ with Ed Zwick set to direct the pilot.
Hilary Swank is continuing her TV push.
The actress, who most recently starred on the FX drama Trust, has been tapped to topline Netflix’s space drama series Away.
From Jason Katims (Parenthood) and Matt Reeves (Batman, The Passage), Away centers on Emma Green, an American astronaut who must leave her husband and teenage daughter behind to command an international space crew embarking on a treacherous mission. The drama explores hope, humanity and how people need one another in order to achieve the impossible.
Jessica Goldberg has signed on to serve as showrunner, reuniting with Katims following Hulu’s The Path. Ed Zwick (Nashville, The Last Samurai) will direct the first episode and executive produce. Andrew Hinderaker will pen the script for the first episode and exec produce alongside Katims, Reeves and his Sixth and Idaho topper Adam Kassan; former True Jack head of development Michelle Lee (the pilot); and Katims’ current True Jack topper Jeni Mulein (episodes two through 10). Away is loosely inspired by Chris Jones’ Esquire story of the same name.
The project marks Swank’s latest TV series role. The two-time Oscar winner (Boys Don’t Cry, Million Dollar Baby) is fresh off Trust, which was her highest-profile TV foray since recurring in the late 1990s on Beverly Hills, 90210. She is repped by WME, Management 360 and Jackoway Austen.
Away is being produced by Universal Television and represents one of Katims’ (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights) last series for the studio before he departs his longtime home for a deal with Apple starting in the summer. He also has the Fox drama pilot Sisters looking likely for a series pickup, and the Amazon pilot On the Spectrum.