Sean Penn Chooses Between Family and Mars In New Hulu Original Series "The First"

Friday, 31 August 2018 - 11:51AM
Friday, 31 August 2018 - 11:51AM
Sean Penn Chooses Between Family and Mars In New Hulu Original Series "The First"
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While NASA has its heart set on sending astronauts to Mars by the mid-2030s, art is imitating life via an upcoming Hulu Original series called "The First," starring two-time Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn as astronaut Tom Hagerty. All 12 episodes of the series are set to hit the streaming site on September 14, so to give audiences a taste of what to expect Hulu recently dropped the official trailer that introduces the characters and what appears to be the central conflict: having to choose between making history and being there for one's family.

Created and written by Beau Willimon, the series also stars Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton, Hannah Ware, Keiko Agena, Rey Lucas, James Ransone, Anna Jacoby-Heron, Brian Lee Franklin and Oded Fehr. Details about the plot are thin, but the trailer goes a long way in showing how important the mission is all involved, and how potentially detrimental it is to their personal relationships, specifically Penn's relationship with his daughter, Denise (played by Anna Jacoby-Heron). There are shades of "Interstellar" with the father-daughter dynamic and the potentially fatal mission into space, but "The First" looks like it will take more time fleshing out other relationships (a luxury afforded by the series format).

"The First" may also have to deal with comparisons to another upcoming space-related project with a similar title: the upcoming Ryan Gosling film "First Man," which is about Neil Armstrong preparing to be the first man on the moon.

Check out the trailer for "The First" and see if you can pick out any similarities in the way it and the "First Man" trailer frame the story to focus on family, technology, and the drama that comes with being a part of such important steps for mankind. It would be a pretty cool double feature, if you have the time to watch an entire series in one sitting after seeing a feature-length film.


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