Apple's Isaac Asimov series 'Foundation' to star Lee Pace, Jared Harris

Lee Pace and Jared Harris
Lee Pace and Jared Harris (Image credit: REX/SHUTTERSTOCK)

What you need to know

  • The actors are well known on both television and film.
  • "Foundation" is based on the iconic science fiction book series.
  • Apple TV+ launches in less than two weeks.

The "Foundation" has cemented its leads. Actors Lee Pace and Jared Harris will star in Apple's upcoming series that's based on the Isaac Asimov novel series by the same name. The series on Apple TV+ will chronicle the saga of The Foundation, which features a band of exiles who discover how to save the Galactic Empire from destruction. The news was published by Variety.

In the series, Pace will star as Brother Day, the current Emperor of the Galaxy. Harris will star as Hari Seldon, a mathematical genius who predicts the demise of the empire. Pace previously starred in AMC's "Halt and Catch Fire" and ABC's "Pushing Daisies." His film credits include "Driven," the Marvel film "Guardians of the Galaxy, " "The Fall," "The Hobbit" franchise, "A Single Man," among others.

Harris recently starred in HBO's "Chernobyl" and had a supporting role in AMC's "Mad Men." He was also in "Carnival Row," "The Terror," and "The Crown." At the cinema, he was seen in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Lincoln," and "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."

"Foundation" has David S. Goyer as the showrunner and executive producer. Josh Friedman, Robyn Asimov, and Skydance Television's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Marcy Ross are also executive producing with Skydance as the studio on the series. No release date for the series has been announced.

Asimov's "The Foundation" series was published between 1942 and 1993.

Apple TV+ officially launches on November 1, and will cost $4.99 per month for everyone in the family. Buyers of new Macs, iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Apple TVs will get a year of free access.

Among the most anticipated first series to launch on Apple TV+ are "The Morning Show" starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell, "See" with Jason Momoa, and the 1960s fictional space adventure, "For All Mankind."

Bryan M Wolfe
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.

  • OMFG, I loved that series read it when I was a kid! Hari Seldon!
  • Hari Seldon barely gets a mention in the books even though he is crucial to the plot and I don't recall the emperor at all, just his advisor. If these roles are big enough to attract major stars the I fear it will be like "Do Androids dream of electric sheep", possibly entertaining but bearing little resemblance to a great trilogy. Making it be about Hari Seldon goes against the concept of psychohistory where the individual is less important. There are many great individuals in the Foundation Trilogy but they aren't crucial to history, had they not been there then someone else would have taken their place. A lot of great science fiction has no established icons to tell the tale where a book can provide depth to the concepts introduced. In some ways I think that 2001 failed for this reason, some parts of the film were difficult to understand because we didn't have any images to build on. I hope that I am wrong and that Apple succeeds in translating Foundation to TV but I fear that they won't.
  • Okay, I was really 'meh' about Apple TV+ until this. OMG I love Foundation.