At today’s Apple event, Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the first trailer for , an original 10-episode sci-fi series for the company’s forthcoming streaming service, Apple TV Plus.
“This morning, I want to share with you one of the most imaginative, thrilling, and thought-provoking dramas ever,” Cook said. ” stars Jason Momoa and takes place hundreds of years into the future in a world without sight,” adding, “We worked with blind and low-vision cast, crew, and consultants for authenticity.
Per Variety, ” takes place in the distant future, after a deadly virus decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind. Jason Momoa stars as Baba Voss, the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see. He must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who wants the twins destroyed.”
The series is created and written by Steven Knight, of fame, and directed by Francis Lawrence, who directed 2007’s and three films in the franchise ( and Parts 1 and 2). Judging from the trailer, he’s bringing that same singular dystopian vision to .
“Centuries from now, almost all humans have lost the ability to see,” we hear a child say in a voiceover. “Some say sight was taken from them by God to heal the Earth. For the few who remain, vision is only a myth.” So what happens when the power of sight returns unexpectedly, with the birth of twins? One might think that would be a good thing, but many now deem sight to be magical or evil.
“The evil of light once almost destroyed the world!” a queen declares. So Baba Voss and his tribe go on the run with the sighted children, knowing others will come for them—unless they give up the babies. And if you think Jason Momoa is going to go along with that, guess again. “These children are a gift,” says Baba Voss. “They will bring knowledge. They will begin a new world.” So the tribe will fight as one—as a family—to protect the children, and their own future.
is expected to debut alongside the soft launch of Apple TV Plus on November 1, 2019. The service will cost $4.99 per month. It will be available on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac, and other platforms.