HBO’s Chernobyl Miniseries Gets Terrifying Trailer

Jared Harris investigates the Chernobyl accident in the upcoming HBO miniseries based on real events.

Jared Harris in Chernobyl
Photo: Sky Atlantic

HBO‘s Chernobyl, a miniseries about the most disastrous nuclear power plant accident in history, has a first trailer—and it is terrifying.

The five-part miniseries stars The Crown and Mad Men actor Jared Harris as Soviet scientist Valery Legasov, who was picked by Kremlin to investigate the accident. Chernobyl is written by Craig Mazin (The Huntsman: Winter’s War) and is directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad).

According to the official synopsis:

Chernobyl  dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, and tells of the brave men and women who sacrificed to save Europe from unimaginable disaster. The miniseries is a tale of lies and cowardice, of courage and conviction, of human failure and human nobility. Chernobyl reveals how and why the disaster happened, telling the stories of the heroes who fought and fell.

The Chernobyl nuclear accident a killed 31 people on April 26, 1986, and spread cancer-causing radiation across Pripyat, in what was then part of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic of the Soviet Union that still lingers. A late-night safety test failed and set off reactor design leading to a steam explosion and a fire that lasted about nine days.

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Check out the horrifying trailer. You have been warned…

“From the moment Craig Mazin pitched us the story, we were convinced that this all-too-true tale of horror and redemption needed to be told,” Kary Antholis, president of HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming, said in a statement. “It will engage – and enrage – our viewers, as well as audiences around the world.”

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“The scale of the production makes it a perfect first project for our co-production partnership with HBO, encapsulating our ambition to develop high-end drama with international viewpoints and casting,” said Gary Davey, Sky’s managing director of content.

Chernobyl filmed in Lithuania in Spring 2018. It is executive produced by Carolyn Strauss, Jane Featherstone and Craig Mazin, and co-executive produced by Chris Fry and Johan Renck. This is the first collaboration between HBO and Sky Television.

Chernobyl premieres May 6 on HBO.