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"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. 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," Berry said in a statement. "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."
Berry will play an astronaut who returns home after a year-long solo mission in space. She struggles to reconnect with her husband and son while also grappling with her experiences in space that that will ultimately change the course of human history.
"There's only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honored that she has chosen Extant to expand her illustrious career," said Spielberg. "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."
Adds Tassler, President of CBS Entertainment: "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."
Extant, which got a straight-to-series order in August, is set to air summer 2014.