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Away premieres on Netflix tomorrow (Friday, September 4) and viewers are curious to know more about the sci-fi series starring Hilary Swank. Express.co.uk has everything you need to know.
Where is Away set?
Away on Netflix follows the story of Emma Green, an American astronaut who is embarking on a three-year-long mission in space.
She is part of the first human mission to travel to Mars but as a result, has to leave her family on Earth behind.
To make things more difficult, her safe return to Earth is not guaranteed.
Much of the series takes place in Space and in the year 2070.
Some of the drama also takes place back on Earth.
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The synopsis for Away on Netflix reads: “As American astronaut Emma Green (Hilary Swank) prepares to lead an international crew on the first mission to Mars, she must reconcile her decision to leave behind her husband (Josh Charles) and teenage daughter (Talitha Bateman) when they need her the most.
“As the crew’s journey into space intensifies, their personal dynamics and the effects of being away from their loved ones back on Earth become increasingly complex.
“Away shows that sometimes to reach for the stars, we must leave home behind.”
Away was created by playwright Andrew Hinderaker and Jessica Goldberg, best known for The Path, serves as showrunner.
The series also comes from executive producer Jason Katims, who is well known for being behind huge shows including Parenthood and Friday Night Lights.
The series was inspired by a 2014 Esquire article by Chris Jones, who covered American astronaut Scott Kelly’s year-long training and experience at the International Space Station with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Momienko.
Speaking to Inverse, showrunner Jessica Goldberg said: “This is the first real working mother story I’ve ever seen.
“I was just so blown away to see a female character who loves to work, loves their family.”
She added: “Everything’s grounded in what could really go wrong [in space]. Water filtration systems do break down a lot.”
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Where is Away on Netflix filmed?
Away on Netflix was filmed in North Vancouver, Canada.
Filming for the series took place between August 2019 and February 2020, wrapping up just before the coronavirus pandemic hit.
The majority of filming took place on a constructed set in North Shore Studios in North Vancouver.
The studios served as the home for the outer space and spaceship scenes in the series.
To film away, the production team worked alongside NASA consultants to ensure the series was as authentic as possible.
They worked with Mike Massimino, an American Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University and a former NASA astronaut.
Massimino said: “I think one of the challenges here was that we wanted to make this series as realistic as possible, but we also wanted to tell a good story.
“While we weren’t planning a real space mission, it felt like we were! I was having a discussion one day during production and I felt like I was actually working on a space-walk again. It was not that much different than what we would do at NASA with a group of people around a table working out how to get this done.
“We took a little license when possible for dramatic effect, but not really that much. They were really trying to make it as realistic as possible by sticking to the protocol and the operational techniques that we would use.
“They didn’t want to break too many rules to tell their story.”
Who stars in Away on Netflix?
Oscar-winning actress Hilary Swank leads the cast of Away On Netflix.
She plays the role of Emma Green, an American astronaut and Mars mission commander.
According to Netflix, her character is described as a “headstrong, empathetic and highly intelligent astronaut and leader.”
Swank said: “I’ve said in press interviews that I always wanted to be an actor, but before knowing this when I was five-years-old, all I wanted to be was an astronaut.
“I come from a lower socio-economic background where school was never really talked about as being all that important.
“A priority was placed on just trying to make it through your day.
“Despite this, for a while, my top priority as a child was simply wanting a telescope.
“I finally got one, but it was pretty cheap and I couldn’t see much of anything when I looked through it.
“For someone who wanted to explore the planets in person, not even being able to see them through a telescope was pretty disappointing.
“It’s such a thrill now to be touching on my childhood dream because now I have this great opportunity to really dive in and essentially scrape the surface of what it’s like to be an astronaut.”
The Good Wife’s Josh Charles plays the role of Emma’s husband and NASA engineer, Matt Logan.
Matt stays at home to raise their teenage daughter Lex (played by Talitha Bateman), whilst Emma is away in Space.
Mark Ivanir, Ato Essandoh, and Vivian Wu star as the crew aboard Emma’s mission.
Essandoh plays Kwesi, a botanist who has been tasked with growing plants on Mars.
Wu stars as Lu, a Chinese astronaut who is hiding a very dark secret.
Ivanair takes on the role of Misha, a Russian cosmonaut and the most experienced member of the crew.
Ray Panthaki stars as Ram Ayra, an Air Force fighter pilot from India.
Monique Curnen stars as former astronaut Melissa Ramirez alongside Ray Panthaki.
Away premieres on Netflix on Friday, September 4
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