Sky is making a new Chernobyl drama, attracts star cast

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Sky continues to invest heavily in new dramas for its channels, in this case partnering with HBO to co-fund a drama by the name of Chernobyl.

It’ll tell the story of the infamous, catastrophic nuclear accident that took place in the 1980s. Craig Mazin has penned the script, and Johan Renck is set to direct. A five-part miniseries is planned.

Casting-wise, the series will be led by Stellan Skarsgard and Emily Watson. Skarsgard will be playing Boris Shcherbina, the head of the Bureau for Fuel and Energy in the USSR, who was appointed leader of the government commission on Chernobyl, to try and deal with the disaster.

The role of nuclear physicist Ulana Khomyuk, meanwhile, will be taken by Emily Watson. Khomyuk was left to investigate just what led to the disaster in the first place. Jared Harris is also in the cast for the production.

Filming kicks off in the spring, and Chernobyl will be screened on Sky Atlantic in the UK.