HBO reveals trailer for upcoming Chernobyl mini-series


HBO reveals the first trailer for its Chernobyl series.

Earlier today, HBO released the trailer for an upcoming mini-series Chernobyl, set to premiere on May 6. The series will star Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson. According to HBO’s website, the historical drama “dramatizes the story of the 1986 nuclear accident — one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster.”

For a historical drama, the trailer plays like something straight out of a horror movie. Which, perhaps, is appropriate considering the absolute horror that followed what happened at Chernobyl.

Brief background: The Chernobyl disaster happened on April 26, 1986, around 1:30 a.m. local time in Chernobyl (located in present-day Ukraine) during a safety check of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. According to TIME, the explosion caused two immediate deaths and then 29 people died from radiation in the following three months. However, when all is said and done, total deaths due to Chernobyl could wind up being anywhere between 4,000 and 90,000 people (from 2005 UN estimate and a Greenpeace International estimate respectively).

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The trailer explains why in a chilling moment:

"“Every atom of Uranium is like a bullet penetrating everything in its path. Metal, concrete, flesh. Now, Chernobyl holds over three trillion of these bullets. Some of them will not stop firing for 50,000 years.”"

These words are accompanied by shots of people screaming in agony, birds dropping dead out of the sky, busloads of people presumably trying to get away from Chernobyl before it’s too late and many, many people in hazmat suits.

From the trailer, the mini-series doesn’t just seem interested in harping on the horrors that came from the disaster. They also want to discuss how those in charge handled mitigating the horrors and protecting the people who were in danger.

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Remember, this was 1986, not terribly long ago. Chances are someone you know (if not you) remembers hearing about this explosion. What are you hoping the show covers? Let us know your thoughts on the Chernobyl mini-series in the comments.

Source: Deadline