Apple TV Plus reveals Foundation release date, trailer warns of galactic doom

Jared Harris battles clone emperors in this adaptation of Isaac Asimov's novels -- and it looks epic.

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Get ready for galaxy-spanning sci-fi action: Foundation premieres on Sept. 24, 2021. To get you in the mood for the Apple TV Plus adaptation of Isaac Asimov's classic series of brainy novels, a suitably cosmic trailer arrived Monday.

The first three episodes will land on Sept. 24, with the remaining seven episodes of the season dropping on each of the following Fridays on Apple's streaming service.

Adapted by David Goyer, the show stars Jared Harris of Mad Men, Chernobyl and The Terror. Harris plays soothsaying scientist Dr. Hari Seldon, who predicts the impending fall of a galactic regime ruled by clone emperors.

Foundation joins Apple's TV lineup, alongside Ted Lasso, The Mosquito Coast and The Morning Show. It's also the latest in a succession of sci-fi and fantasy adaptations competing to become the next Game of Thrones.

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