It’s official, Halle Berry is set to star in her first major TV series next summer.
The Oscar winner will be featured in 13-episodes of Steven Spielberg and CBS Television Studios’ forthcoming drama, Extant. According to the program’s description, Berry will play the role of an astronaut who tries to reconnect with her husband and son after returning from a year-long space mission.
“I’m always on the lookout for amazing roles, and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity, it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium,” the actress said in a statement. “For five months a year I’ll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman, and for the remainder of the year I’ll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one.”
In the statement announcing the news, Spielberg and CBS Entertainment’s Nina Tassler expressed their excitement to have Berry on board.
“There’s only one Halle Berry, and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen ‘Extant’ to expand her illustrious career,” Spielberg said. “As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her.”
Tassler said, “Halle is the type of award-winning actress you dream of collaborating with for an event project such as, Etxant.”
The 47-year-old and her husband Olivier Martinez are expecting their first child together this Fall.