Hulu is getting in on the pre-apocalyptic game with Hard Sun, a new series created by Neil Cross (Luther) that is part conspiracy-thriller, part sci-fi. The 6-episode series stars Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn as two cops who discover a piece of software that reveals the sun is going to be exploding in five years, wiping out humanity in a fiery end. Oops.
The Hulu-BBC co-production first aired in January across the Pond, but will premiere on Mar. 7 on Hulu with all six episodes hitting the streaming service at once. Ahead of the show’s debut Stateside, SYFY WIRE’s Tara Bennett sat down with Sturgess and Deyn for a chat about the upcoming series, particularly about how their characters react when they learn about the "Doomsday Clock."
"When you have a secret, and we’re bound together by this secret, and we know that people are getting killed by the secret—you have to kind of put one foot in front of the other and go about your day-to-day life and the job, and kind of also extinguishing events and crimes that are caused by this leakage of this information," Deyn told us. "Obviously, if people are getting killed, we wouldn’t share it with our nearest and dearest. But the interesting thing is, my character has to leak it to save us and Jim’s character is like ‘no no no no no’ so we were at odds straight away."
"It sort of enhances you as a person," added Sturgess. "What would you do? And Renko’s character is more thoughtful and precise and thinks with her head. My character probably works from his heart a lot more so his instinct is, ‘Well, I need to save my family, I need to look after the people that I love.’ Whereas Renko’s thinking may be a few steps beyond. So it becomes an interesting way in which we both react to the information that we’ve discovered."
Deyn and Sturgess also shared with us how they think they'd react if what happens on the show happened in real-life, and how things would go down. So, don't forget to dig into the video above. Following that, have a look at the first part of our interview below, which gets into more of the show's backstory.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.