Sigur Rós' Jónsi Scoring "Manhattan" Series
Fri, 09 May 2014 10:15:31
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Iceland is coming to Manhattan...sort of!
WGN America's second original series Manhattan is set to premiere this July. Jónsi, frontman of Icelandic art-pop sensation Sigur Rós, and partner Alex Somers, as Jónsi & Alex, will score the highly-anticipated second original series for the network.
In 2003, Jón Þór Birgisson, also known as Jónsi, teamed with partner Alex Somers to form Jónsi & Alex as a Sigur Rós passion project. They have since released two singles and toured in support of Jónsi's solo album, Go.
Manhattan will be the duo's first television project.
The show is set against the backdrop of the greatest clandestine race against time in the history of science -- the mission to build the world's first atomic bomb in Los Alamos – and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families as they attempt to coexist in a world where secrets and lies infiltrate every aspect of their lives.
The series stars John Benjamin Hickey of The Big C as Frank Winter, the brilliant but self-destructive professor who is commissioned to help lead the Manhattan Project; Olivia Williams as Liza Winter, a brilliant botanist who accompanies her husband Frank to Los Alamos; Daniel Stern as Glen Babbit, a mentor to the younger scientists who helps navigate the political minefield of Los Alamos; Ashley Zukerman as Charlie Isaacs, a brilliant wunderkind who uproots his wife and young twins to move from the East Coast to work on the Manhattan Project; Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) as Abby Isaacs, a privileged girl from the Boston suburbs who agrees to follow her husband Charlie to the middle of nowhere; Christopher Denham (Argo) as Jim Meeks, one of the bright project members working under Frank Winter; Katja Herbers (De Storm) as Helen Prins, one of the few female scientists assigned to the project; Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) as Paul Crosley and Michael Chernus (Orange Is the New Black) as Louis "Fritz" Fedowitz, two of the brilliant scientists on Frank's team; and Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher) as Frank and Liza's 16-year-old daughter Callie Winter.
Will you tune in?