It has been more than two decades since Halle Berry graced the small screen. She was last seen in a TV role as regular on the short-lived “Living Dolls” in 1989. According to Deadline.com the “Gothica” actress has signed a deal to star in CBS’ “Extant” from executive producer Steven Spielberg.
Spielberg is delighted to have Berry onboard, he said :
“There’s only one Halle Berry, and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen ‘Extant’ to expand her illustrious career. 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.”
Berry will portray a female astronaut set in a futuristic thriller who is trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.
“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,” Berry said.
“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.”
CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler adds,
“Halle is the type of award-winning actress you dream of collaborating with for an event project such as ‘Extant’. Her talent and ability to immerse herself into every performance has created memorable roles that have resonated with audiences everywhere. It’s a big coup for CBS to have Halle star in her first television series, especially with such an exciting original concept and a role layered with mystery and humanity.”
Spielberg, Greg Walker and Mickey Fisher are signed on as scribes. They will team up with Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank to executive produce the show.
“Extant” is set for a 2014 summer premiere.