For Lena Headey, her last major TV role was as Cersei Lannister on HBO’s Game of Thrones, which was obviously a huge success. And while her small-screen career has been something of a mixed bag (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, anyone?), there’s always the hope that Headey can strike gold once again. Certainly, that’s the hope for Beacon 23, a new sci-fi series headed to MGM+ next month.
Headey stars alongside Stephan James in the adaptation of Hugh Howey’s series of books. Howey is also the author behind Silo, which was recently turned into a hit series over on Apple TV+. So this guy has a proven track record for appealing to genre fans.
Beacon 23 takes place in the 23rd century and follows a government agent and a former soldier who become trapped at the end of the known universe inside of a Beacon, a lighthouse for intergalactic travelers.
The series was created by Zak Penn, whose track record in this field is also pretty good as the writer of Ready Player One and Free Guy.
Here’s the synopsis: Beacon 23 takes place in the farthest reaches of the Milky Way and follows Aster, a government agent, and Halan, a stoic ex-military man, whose fates become entangled after they find themselves trapped together inside one of many Beacons that serve as a lighthouse for intergalactic travelers. Every Beacon is run by one highly trained human and a specialized Artificial Intelligence. Aster mysteriously finds her way to the lonely Beacon-keeper Halan, and a tense battle of wills unfolds. Halan begins to question whether Aster is friend or foe, as her ability to disguise her agenda and motives could make her a formidable opponent.
MGM+ premieres Beacon 23 on November 12th.