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Netflix Adds 5 to Cast of Hilary Swank Astronaut Drama ‘Away’

Talitha Bateman, Ato Essandoh, Mark Ivanir, Ray Panthaki and Vivian Wu join Swank and Josh Charles

Netflix has announced five new cast members to join Hilary Swank and Josh Charles in Swan’s upcoming astronaut drama “Away.”

Talitha Bateman, Ato Essandoh, Mark Ivanir, Ray Panthaki and Vivian Wu will star alongside Swank and Charles in the 10-episode series from Universal Television, True Jack Productions, and 6th & Idaho.

“Away” centers on Emma Green (Swank), an American astronaut who must leave her husband, NASA engineer Matt Logan (Charles), and their teenage daughter Alexis (Bateman) behind to command an international space crew embarking upon a treacherous mission.

Loosely inspired by a 2014 Esquire article by Chris Jones, the project comes from series creator Andrew Hinderaker, showrunner Jessica Goldberg, director Ed Zwick and executive producers Jason Katims and Matt Reeves.

Below are Netflix’s official character descriptions:

Bateman (“Love Simon,” “Annabelle: Creation”) is ALEXIS LOGAN, Emma and Matt’s teenage daughter who must now come of age with her father facing life-changing health challenges and her mother in space.

Essandoh (“Altered Carbon,” “Blue Bloods”) is KWESI, is a British-Ghanaian botanist and the mission’s only rookie astronaut.

Ivanir (“Homeland,” “Barry”) is MISHA, a veteran Russian cosmonaut and the ship’s engineer.

Panthaki (“Gangs of London”) is RAM, an Indian astronaut and the crew’s medic, co-pilot and second-in-command.

Wu (“Cathy Yan’s Dead Pigs,” “Rúyì Zhuàn”) is LU, a Chinese taikonaut and the crew’s geologist and chemist.

“Away” is executive produced by Swank, Matt Reeves (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Cloverfield,” “Felicity”), Adam Kassan, Michelle Lee (episode 101 only), and Jeni Mulein (for episodes 102-110).