Is now an appropriate time to produce a limited series about humanity struggling to rebuild society after the effects of a deadly disease? Hey, what could be the problem? HBO Max has announced Station Eleven, a miniseries based on the novel by Emily St. John Mandel. The best part so far? Tank Girl is involved!
We don’t see Lori Petty very often (she last appeared in Orange Is The New Black, if these notes are correct), but in Station Eleven she’ll be playing “The Conductor,” leader of a group of traveling Shakespeare performers. Attendance has been low lately, ever since a deadly flu decimated humanity’s population and cratered civilization. And if that wasn’t enough on her plate, she’ll eventually run into a mysterious cult of young people led by Daniel Zovatto (“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels,” “Don’t Breathe”) as “The Prophet.”
Station Eleven will also boast the following recurring guest stars:
- Andy McQueen (“Books of Blood,” “The Coroner”) as “Sayid,” a charming, impatient actor in the Traveling Symphony.
- David Cross (“Mr. Show,” “Arrested Development”) as “Gil,” a brilliant but temperamental theater director.
- Enrico Colantoni (“Veronica Mars,” “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”) as “Brian,” agent to a world-famous actress until the pandemic upends the world as he knew it.
- Julian Obradors (“7th & Union,” “Mayans M.C.”) as “Tyler Leander,” the precocious son of two movie stars, who learns painful life lessons by watching the adults around him respond to crisis.
Station Eleven is being produced by Paramount Television Studios, and will be exactly one season of ten episodes, no more, no less. HBO Max will be announcing more in the coming months including a release date.
(Petty’s and Zovatto’s mugshots credited to Desiree Navarro and Paul Smith respectively)