Halle Berry to Star in Steven Spielberg's Astronaut SeriesS

Halle Berry is set to star in the Steven Spielberg-produced TV show, Extant. It'll premiere on CBS next summer, and will be about an astronaut (played by Berry) who returns home from a year-long solo mission in space and tries to reconnect to her life on Earth. But it's even more dramatic than all that because "her experiences in space and home lead to events that ultimately will change the course of human history." Intense!

Berry says of the role:

I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium. For five months a year I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I’ll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one.

According to The Mary Sue, there might be androids and an alien baby. Um, hell yes. Plus, a woman of color leading a network show — seeing as Scandal's Kerry Washington is basically the first black woman to star in a network primetime drama since 1974 — makes this an even more exciting prospect.

Previously: Ride, Sally Ride: Spielberg's Lady Astronaut Show Is a Go

[Collider, The Mary Sue]

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