The first teaser for the Apple TV Plus adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s seminal science fiction trilogy, Foundation was released today and it is, indeed, epic. The first look debuted at Apple’s WWDC 2020 event and it begins with executive producer David Goyer briefly speaking of the impact that Asimov’s work has had on art, including Star Wars. 

The teaser, which begins at around the 00:43 mark, gives us a glimpse of the stunning visuals and the epic saga that will take place in this space opera. Foundation, chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental journey to save humanity and rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire.

Jared Harris plays Hari Seldon, a scientist who predicts the end of the empire through his theory of “psychohistory.”  Because of this he creates an Encyclopedia Galactica in hopes that it will help shorten the dark ages that will befall the galaxy after the Galactic Empire crumbles. Of course, this doesn’t make the current emperor, Brother Day (Lee Pace), pleased. In the trailer we see Seldon explain to Gaal Dornick (Lou Llobell), a mathematician, that the powers that be “don’t like the future I predict.” 

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Then over a series of series of striking scenes, we hear Seldon explain exactly what will happen, “The Empire will fall. Order will vanish. These massive events rushing to meet us.” At the end of the trailer, we hear Dornick understand and say “Only we can shorten the darkness.”

In addition to Harris, Pace and Lobell, Foundation also stars Leah Harvey as Salvor; Laura Birn as Demerzel; Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk; and Cassian Bilton as play Brother Dawn. Foundation is executive produced by Robyn Asimov, David S. Goyer, Josh Friedman, Cameron Welsh, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Marcy Ross. The series is produced for Apple by Skydance Television.The series is set for release in 2021, unfortunately Apple TV+ wasn’t more forthcoming with a date.

What did you think of the trailer? Are you as excited as we are?

 

Audrey Kearns