For what seems like the 10th time this Willenium, Will Smith is going back to space. What’s different this time is that he’s taking audiences with him as the host of a new series from National Geographic. One Strange Rock will be a wide-spanning show from Darren Aronofsky and producer Jane Root that looks at Earth from a big-picture view -- and the Men in Black and Independence Day star is leading the charge. Smith confirmed his involvement with a teaser posted on his Facebook:
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aronofsky said in a statement that Smith will “welcome viewers into this unique narrative about the mind-blowing wonders that make life on Earth possible.” The miniseries seems like it will blend Planet Earth’s sweeping visuals with the knowledge and science chops of Cosmos, because, as per THR, it will “feature input from astronauts, scientists and others who have a unique insight into our planet and its place in the universe.” Astronaut Chris Hadfield already confirmed his involvement with at least one episode via Twitter back in October.
Pure know-how, filtered through the energetic and magnetic force of Smith, should set the show apart from similar science-adjacent TV. Premiering in March of next year and produced by Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures, One Strange Rock and its brief teaser are already exciting for audiences waiting for Smith to return to more down-to-earth (no pun intended) projects.