Robert Zemeckis, the man behind such films as Back to the Future and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, is joining his ImageMovers company together with A&E Studios and Compari Entertainment to create a new series for The History Channel, one that takes a look at a very interesting moment in American history.
The new series is called Project Blue Book, and it is based on the top-secret Air Force project of the same name. The project investigated all kinds of UFO-based phenomena in the 1950's and 60's — thousands of cases were investigated and a huge number of them were never solved.
The show will blend real UFO theory with historical events, and each episode will take on a specific case from the real investigations. At the forefront of the project is one of the most slippery weasels in Westeros— Game of Thrones and The Wire alum Aidan Gillen stars as Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a professor recruited for the project. Actors Michael Malarkey (The Vampire Diaries), Laura Mennell, Ksenia Solo, Michael Harney, and Arrow's Neal McDonough will join him.
Take a look at the first trailer for the new show right here:
The darkness, the mystery, and the rampant paranoia certainly has us excited, but honestly? Putting two of television's most glorious scenery-chewers in scenes together has us more excited than anything else.
Gillen's Littlefinger devoured every last scrap of scenery to be found in Thrones, but he may have met his match — McDonough's Damien Darhk chewed through the sets of both Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow as if they gave him life-sustaining energy. Both performances were delightfully over-the-top, though this show definitely looks to take a more serious tone...at least compared to the Arrowverse shows. If anything, Gillen is able to go a bit bigger than Littlefinger ever got to go, and McDonough is playing things a little closer to the vest than Darhk ever did.
Whether any of that will prove to be true is a mystery right now— what is certain is that we will definitely be checking out this series. Weird symbols, screaming in the woods, odd lights, and a couple of genre favorite actors? We're in.
The show is set to debut this winter, which is, you know...coming.