Upcoming Apple TV+ Show 'Foundation' Gains New Cast Members

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asimovfoundationApple this week signed on several new cast members for "Foundation," an upcoming Apple TV+ series that's based on Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" novels.

Lee Pace and Jared Harris have already been cast in the key roles of Brother Day (the Emperor of the Galaxy) and Hari Seldon, respectively, but now Apple is filling out the rest of the roles.

According to Variety, Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrance Mann, and Cassian Bilton have joined the "Foundation" series as series regulars.

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.

Llobell will play Gaal, a mathematical genius from a repressed planet, while Harvey will play Salvor, a protective warden of a remote outer planet. Birn will play the roll of Demerzel, an aid to Brother Day, Mann will play Brother Dusk, the eldest member of the ruling family, and Bilton will play Brother Dawn, the youngest member of the ruling family and Brother Day's successor.

Once casting finishes for "Foundation" it will move on to filming, which suggests we can expect the show to premiere sometime in 2020. There's no word yet on a potential release date.

‌Apple TV‌+ is available now for $4.99 per month with TV shows like "The Morning Show," "For All Mankind," "Dickinson," "Servant," and more.

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nortofthe13th Avatar
13 months ago


Is it bad that I've heard of exactly none of these actors?

That said, I'm definitely looking forward to the series.

Jared Francis Harris is a notable English actor from the Sherlock Holmes movie and the HBO miniseries Chernobyl (in which he was fantastic). Most of the others are unknown, which can often be a good thing; it’s nice to get new faces and talent in the mix.
I think this has the potential to be a HUGE world building show!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DotCom2 Avatar
13 months ago
This sounds interesting and something I would most definitely watch.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ar40 Avatar
13 months ago
Jared Harris is one of my favorite actors. He is sublime. Most recently I’ve been blown away by his role in Chernobyl.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cmaier Avatar
13 months ago


Are you subtly trying to put down these actors, or are you demonstrating shame at being ignorant of them? It's hard to tell.

I'm quite familiar with both actors. Jared Harris is particularly notable; from, for example, major roles in Mad Men (Emmy nomination), Chernobyl (Emmy nomination), The Crown, and The Terror; as well as smaller but notable roles in The Expanse, Fringe, and others. If you don't recognize his face, you probably don't watch much quality TV.

Lee Pace is most notable as one of the male leads in Halt and Catch Fire, but he has also had a number of supporting roles in some notable films (The Hobbit series, Guardians of the Galaxy...).

And, may I put in a plug in form IMDB as a great resource when you are not instantly familiar with an actor's name?

He was fantastic in his recurring Fringe role.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
doelcm82 Avatar
13 months ago


Jared Francis Harris is a notable English actor from the Sherlock Holmes movie and the HBO miniseries Chernobyl (in which he was fantastic). Most of the others are unknown, which can often be a good thing; it’s nice to get new faces and talent in the mix.
I think this has the potential to be a HUGE world building show!

Speaking of world building, Jared Harris also appears in The Expanse.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Gasu E. Avatar
13 months ago


Is it bad that I've heard of exactly none of these actors?

That said, I'm definitely looking forward to the series.

Are you subtly trying to put down these actors, or are you demonstrating shame at being ignorant of them? It's hard to tell.

I'm quite familiar with both actors. Jared Harris is particularly notable; from, for example, major roles in Mad Men (Emmy nomination), Chernobyl (Emmy nomination), The Crown, and The Terror; as well as smaller but notable roles in The Expanse, Fringe, and others. If you don't recognize his face, you probably don't watch much quality TV.

Lee Pace is most notable as one of the male leads in Halt and Catch Fire, but he has also had a number of supporting roles in some notable films (The Hobbit series, Guardians of the Galaxy...).

And, may I put in a plug in form IMDB as a great resource when you are not instantly familiar with an actor's name?
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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