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Apple’s series adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s ‘The Foundation’ has added five new regular cast members– Lou Llobell, Leah Harvey, Laura Birn, Terrence Mann, and Cassian Bilton.  They join series stars Jared Harris and Lee Pace.


Harris’ character is that of  Hari Seldon, “a mathematical genius who predicts the demise of the empire,” and Pace portrays Brother Day “the current Emperor of the Galaxy.”

Via Deadline, Llobell will portray Gaal, “a mathematical genius from a repressed rural planet,” while Harvey will play Salvor, “the protective and intuitive warden of a remote outer planet.”

Birn will play Demerzel “the enigmatic aide to the Emperor of the Galaxy (Pace),” while Mann’s character is that of Brother Dusk, “the eldest living member of the ruling family.”  Bilton plays Brother Dawn, “the youngest living member of the ruling family and next in line to be Brother Day.”

The series follows “a band of exiles who discover that the only way to save the Galactic Empire from destruction is to defy it.”


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Llobell is a relative newcomer, but will be seen in Neil Burger’s upcoming sci-fi thriller ‘Voyagers’, along with Colin Farrell, Lily-Rose Depp, and Tye Sheridan.

Harvey was seen in the British miniseries adaptation of ‘Les Misérables’.  She was also seen in ‘Fighting with my Family’.

Birn is Finnish, so most of her work has been for projects in Finland.  Her most recent film was ‘The Bird Catcher’.

You may not know Mann’s face, but he acted as Ug in the ‘Critters’ horror franchise.  He also portrayed Mr. Whispers on Netflix’s ‘Sense8’.  Most recently, he appeared on ‘The Black List’.

Like Llobell, Bilton is a relative newcomer and has only appeared in shorts.

‘The Foundation’ will be produced by David S. Goyer, Josh Friedman and Skydance Television, with Goyer acting as showrunner.  (Friedman was previously planned to be the showrunner, but stepped down from that post.)  There will be 10 episodes of the first season of ‘The Foundation’.  Rupert Sanders is directing the first episode.  Apple has not yet announced when this series will become available.

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