Five-part HBO drama Chernobyl will reunite Stellan Skarsgård (Insomnia) with Emily Watson (Apple Tree Yard), who last starred together in Lars von Trier’s 1996 Cannes Grand Prix winner Breaking The Waves.
Written by Craig Mazin (The Huntsman) and directed by Johan Renck (The Last Panthers), Chernobyl follows those who investigated the catastrophic nuclear power station disaster of 1986, reveals how and why it happened, and tells the remarkable stories of those who risked their lives to save others.
Energy Minister Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) is ordered by the Kremlin to lead the Chernobyl investigation just hours after the accident. But as the scale of the disaster unfolds, Shcherbina finds himself caught between politics and the escalating human cost of a nuclear meltdown.
Meanwhile, nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk (Emily Watson) is committed to solving the mystery to prevent it from ever happening again. However, she must risk her freedom and her life to expose the truth and ensure that justice is served.
Stellan Skarsgård said: “Nobody would see it as a privilege to spend five months in a dilapidated nuclear plant, unless it was to play in a script like this by Craig Mazin, work with a director like Johan Renck… and be at the feet of Emily Watson whom I have been missing for some twenty years.”
Chernobyl begins filming in Lithuania from March through until August 2018.