Attracted to the show for its 'strong of auspices, nuance and complexity,' the former Bond girl signs up to play a female astronaut on the futuristic thriller.
Halle Berry is back to the small screen more than two decades since her first and only series regular TV role on the short-lived "Living Dolls" in 1989. The Hollywood A-lister lands a starring role on CBS' "Extant" from executive producer Steven Spielberg.
The title character depicter in 2004's "Catwoman" will play a female astronaut who is trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space. Her experiences lead to events that ultimately change the course of human history.
"I'm always on the lookout for amazing roles, and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity, it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium," Berry says of what attracted her to the project.
"For five months a year I'll get to live with and play this incredibly intelligent and vulnerable woman. And for the remainder of the year, I'll continue to look for other roles that move me as deeply as this one. I've found amazing partners in CBS's Nina Tassler and Les Moonves, and the incredible Steven Spielberg, along with his Amblin production team, whose vision and creativity in storytelling is unparalleled."
Tassler, CBS Entertainment president, adds, "Halle is the type of award-winning actress you dream of collaborating with for an event project such as 'Extant'. Her talent and ability to immerse herself into every performance has created memorable roles that have resonated with audiences everywhere. It's a big coup for CBS to have Halle star in her first television series, especially with such an exciting original concept and a role layered with mystery and humanity."
Spielberg also sings praise for the Academy Award-winning actress, "There's only one Halle Berry, and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen 'Extant' to expand her illustrious career. As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role, and I very much look forward to working with her."
Billed as a futuristic thriller, "Extant", which created a bidding war among several broadcast networks and cable networks before landing on CBS, has received a straight-to-series order for a 2014 summer premiere. Spielberg, Greg Walker and Mickey Fisher pen the script and the three will team up with Brooklyn Weaver, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank to executive produce it.
Berry previously made critically-acclaimed performances in 1999's HBO movie "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge" and 2005's TV movie "Their Eyes Were Watching God" produced by Oprah Winfrey. She also had a 6-episode guest arc on primetime soap opera "Knots Landing" in 1991.