Since the announcement of an Apple TV adaption in August 2018, Foundation has gained a lot of hype. The planned sci-fi sage TV series is based on a series of Isaac Asimov novels, which are thought to have impacted other famous sci-fi films and TV shows, like Star Wars.
Despite the series’ tentative release date, casting news, and remarks from creator David S. Goyer, we still don’t know much about the show, which is set to premiere later in 2021.
Still, what do we know about the narrative, cast, development, and release date of Foundation at this point? Some of these details have been confirmed, and we’ve compiled them here to tell you everything there is to know about Foundation on Apple TV Plus so far.
Production on Apple’s adaptation of Asimov’s novels have ended as of April 2021, though reshoots could be necessary if necessary. We’ve also included which directors directed the first season’s episodes, so have a look at that list below.
If you need a refresher on Foundation’s source code, we’ve got you covered there as well. This will help you understand what’s going on in the TV show so you don’t get caught off guard.
Foundation Season 1 – Release Date
Foundation does not yet have a definite release date. The series’ official Apple TV homepage says that it will premiere this year, and showrunner David S. Goyer narrowed that timeline down to Fall 2021 in an interview with LovinMalta. If the planned release date is satisfied, Foundation may begin in late September or early October – but this is only a guess, and there are other things at play.
Filming on Foundation, like many other productions, was delayed in March due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
According to The Irish Independent, production resumed in early October, with Troy Studios in Limerick serving as the sci-fi show’s principal base of operations.
Due to the UK’s third statewide lockdown, which began in late December 2020, Goyer revealed that the cast and crew would shoot further sequences in Malta. Goyer added in the same LovinMalta interview that Malta was identified as a crucial shooting site before filming began, but that other sequences will be shot across the republic as a stand-in for diverse settings and planets in the Foundation world.
Film New Europe said in February 2021 that filming had ended in Malta, although it’s unknown if any additional scenes or reshoots are required before post-production can begin. According to Spanish news agencies Canarias7 and El Dia, filming also took place in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, and Tenerife, respectively.
The Foundation TV adaptation appears to have ended production as of April. There has been no official confirmation on this front, but according to many performers who play key roles in season 1, the most, if not all, of the current film schedule has concluded.
Salvor Hardin and Gaal Dornick, played by Leah Harvey and Lou Llobell, have stated that they have finished filming their scenes for the TV drama. Check out Llobell’s April 2 Instagram post below, in which she says that she has completed 19 months of filming on the project:
So far, we know four people who will be directing the series. Three episodes will be directed by Alex Graves, whose credits include The Boys and Game of Thrones.
Foundation Season 1 – Plot Details
Isaac Asimov’s Foundation is a collection of his science fiction books. The US author’s series consists of seven novels, with the primary trilogy – Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation – consisting of eight short stories that were published as three collections in the early 1950s after being issued individually.
Foundation “chronicles a band of exiles on their monumental trek to preserve humanity and rebuild civilization during the fall of the Galactic Empire,” according to an Apple TV synopsis.
The storey begins with Hari Seldon, a mathematician who argues that the Empire would fall and be followed by a 30,000-year period of unrest until a second Empire rises unless humankind changes course. Seldon, on the other hand, demonstrates that if certain criteria are met, the gap period can be shortened down to 1,000 years.
Seldon forms the Foundation, a group of the best surviving scientists, engineers, and historians, at the demand of the Empire’s reluctant board, and travels to a distant planet known as Terminus.
The collected humans are tasked with preserving the Encyclopedia Galactica, an anthology of humanity’s knowledge, so that a second Empire can begin at the millennium’s end.
Unbeknownst to the board, Seldon surreptitiously establishes a second Foundation on the other side of the galaxy for unknown reasons. The storey unfolds as a complicated, intertwining epic, and Goyer has already hinted that it will take numerous seasons to convey Foundation’s massive story due to its confusing narrative.
Goyer told LovinMalta, “The audience is changing the way we consume tales.” “Game of Thrones was one of the first shows to do a large novelistic show, and now, with Foundation, we want to be able to tell the tale over 80 episodes, or 80 hours, rather than attempting to condense it into a two- or three-hour film.”
At this time, it’s unclear whether Season 1 will cover Prelude to Foundation, the first prequel novel in the Foundation series, which delves into the backstories of key Foundation characters like Seldon.
If the show will mostly focus on the main trilogy, Goyer may intersperse the prequel and sequel books as flashbacks and flash-forwards, but maybe we’ll have a better idea of the show’s timeline closer to release.
Foundation Season 1 – Cast Members
Foundation has cast a lot of well-known actors as well as newcomers, and you can see a quick breakdown of who’s who in the list below:
- Jared Harris to play as Hari Seldon
- Lee Pace to play as Brother Day
- Lou Llobell to play as Dr. Gaal Dornick
- Leah Harvey to play as Salvor
- Laura Birn to play as Eto Demerzel
- Cassian Bilton to play as Brother Dawn
- Terrence Mann to play as Brother Dusk
- Daniel MacPherson to play as Hugo
- T’Nia Miller to play as Halima
- Pravessh Rana to play as Rowan
- Kubbra Sait to play as Phara
- Mido Hamada to play as Shadow Master Obrecht
- Amy Tyger to play as Azura
- Buddy Skelton to play as Keir
- Alfred Enoch
- Clarke Peters
Seldon will be played by Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes, The Mortal Instruments), while Brother Day, the current Emperor of the Galactic Empire, will be played by Lee Pace (Lord of the Rings, Guardians of the Galaxy).
While the Apple TV version follows the source material closely in certain aspects, there are a few alterations to the characters. In the programme, Dr. Gaal Dornick and Eto Demerzel, who were both male in the book, are female.
Dornick, Seldon’s biographer, will be played by Lou Llobell (Voyagers), while Demerzel will be played by Laura Birn (The Innocents). Salvor Hardin, the first Mayor of Terminus, will also be played by Leah Harvey (Fighting With My Family), whose gender has been changed for the TV series.
Brother Dawn, the youngest living member of the Galactic Empire’s royal family, will be played by Cassian Bilton, and Brother Dusk, the royal family’s oldest member, will be played by Terrence Mann (Sense8, Critters).
There are other characters in Apple’s version who do not exist in the novels, according to the TV show’s IMDB website. The following characters are brand new additions to the franchise, unless Apple has changed their names for its adaptation.
Hugo, Halima, Rowan, Phara, Keir, Azura, and Obrecht will be played by Daniel MacPherson (Neighbours), T’Nia Miller (The Haunting of Bly Manor), Pravessh Rana (The Serpent), Kubrra Sait (Sacred Games), Buddy Skelton (Responsible Child), Amy Tyger (Doctors), and Video Hamada (Veronica Mars).
Alfred Enoch has announced that he will star in Foundation, but no details about who he will play have been released. Clarke Peters (The Irregulars) is also expected to feature in some capacity in the series, though the series’ IMDB profile does not specify who it will be.
We can expect further casting announcements in the near future, as the storey of Foundation includes a large number of other characters.
Is There Any Trailer For Foundation Season 1?
Yes, indeed. A two-minute long first-look trailer was posted on Apple TV’s social media channels in August 2020, as you can see in the tweet below:
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