Lee Pace and Jared Harris Cast in Apple's Isaac Asimov 'Foundation' Adaptation

Lee Pace and Jared Harris have scored lead roles in Apple's upcoming "Foundation" series that's based on the classic Isaac Asimov novel of the same name, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Pace is known for his roles in "Pushing Daisies" and "Halt and Catch Fire," along with his work in "The Hobbit" movies. Harris is known for "Chernobyl," "Carnival Row," "The Crown," "The Expanse," and "Mad Men," among other TV shows and movies.

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Asimov's "Foundation" series follows a psychohistory expert and mathematician Hari Seldon who is able to predict the future. Seldon creates a group called the Foundation to preserve humanity's collective knowledge ahead of the impending fall of the Galactic Empire.

There are multiple novels in the "Foundation" series that span many years and cover the rise and fall of multiple empires. Harris will be playing Hari Seldon, the mathematical genius, while Pace will play Brother Day, the Emperor of the Galaxy.

Apple TV+ is set to launch on November 1, but as "Foundation" is still in the casting stages, it will be some time before it premieres. The service will launch with titles like "The Morning Show," "See," "For All Mankind," and "Dickinson."

Apple is charging $4.99 per month for ‌Apple TV‌+, but customers who purchase an iPhone, iPad, ‌Apple TV‌, or Mac can get a free year of service. Each $4.99 subscription fee allows up to six family members to watch.

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4 weeks ago
I changed careers from TV post to software engineering, but the news just follows me.
I dig that it's Apple related, but it's not Apple. You know? Are there going to be casting updates for all Apple TV shows, when the catalog expands to a huge number of things? Can you at least post the LAcasting notices so some of us can go on auditions?
Rating: 11 Votes
4 weeks ago
? I haven't seen anything of interest in any of Apple's TV efforts. I don't think I am their target market.

If I buy an iPhone can I have a discount if I don't want Apple TV+ bundled with it?
Rating: 9 Votes
4 weeks ago
Sounds good. I love both actors and I love the book series.
Rating: 9 Votes
4 weeks ago


Asimov's "Foundation" series follows a psychohistory expert and mathematician Hari Seldon who is able to predict the future.


I don't like this wording, he doesn't predict the future. He uses mathematical probability based on historical events to determine within a degree a certainty how future humans will behave en masse. ie he knows what a society will do based on probability, but not what an individual will do.
Rating: 7 Votes
4 weeks ago
Amazing source material, two outstanding acting talents. Seems like a win, and with Apple's funding, there won't be any "technical limitations". A __touch__ underwhelmed at having just David Goyer at the helm, but I'm sure he'll have some excellent supporting talent.
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago


? I haven't seen anything of interest in any of Apple's TV efforts. I don't think I am their target market.

Baffling. ATV+ will have comedies, dramas, dramedies, documentaries, thrillers, legal drama, LGBTQ, horror, war, and now Azimov’s Hugo-award winning material fleshed out into a high-budget series with top talent. What target market are you thinking of? Gradeschoolers who miss Teletubbies?

I’m starting to think that comments like this are just becoming a thing to say. Has everyone actually seen the full list of projects under development? And not a single show is even remotely worth considering?
Rating: 5 Votes
4 weeks ago
Anything Issac Asimov is gonna be awesome unless it stars Will Smith. With Apple's budget, this will look awesome.
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago
So excited about this. I have followed to see who would adapt this over the years and was hoping that HBO would get the nods, but looks like Apple won the licensing perhaps. Crossing fingers they take their time and pace and be true to the books. :confused:
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago
This is great news, imo. Big fan of the Foundation series. Jared Harris was terrific in the recent ‘Chernobyl’ mini series.
Rating: 3 Votes
4 weeks ago
Foundation, Time Bandits, See, For All Mankind ... looking good.
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