Sky's drama 'Chernobyl' has just signed two new cast members. Stellan Skarsgård ('Ronin', 'Mamma Mia') and Emily Watson ('Punch-Drunk Love', 'Apple Tree Yard') will star in the Sky-HBO joint production. They previously worked together in 1996's 'Breaking the Waves'.
The five-part mini series is based on the real-life nuclear disaster.
Skarsgård plays Boris Shcherbina, head of the Bureau for Fuel and Energy of the USSR, and appointed leader of the government commission on Chernobyl in the early hours of the incident. He finds himself trapped between the political system he serves and the brutal human price of battling the escalating nuclear nightmare.
Watson plays Ulana Khomyuk, a Soviet nuclear physicist who's trying to solve the scientific mystery of what led to the disaster. In trying to uncover the truth, she'll have to risk her freedom and her life.
The show will also star Jared Harris ('Mad Men').
"Nobody would see it as a privilege to spend five months in a dilapidated nuclear plant, unless it was to play in a script like this by Craig Mazin, work with a director like Johan Renck, collaborate with a producer like Jane Featherstone, jam with an actor like Jared Harris and finally be at the feet of Emily Watson whom I have been missing for some 20 years," said Skarsgård.
Watson added: "This is a significant piece of work and I'm honoured to be part of it. I can't wait to get started with this amazing group of people, and am especially excited to be working with Stellan again."