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14 jaw-dropping photos of Apple's Foundation TV show

Apple just released a new trailer for the Isaac Asimov adaptation, and it looks incredible

Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov

It's been a while since Apple first announced its Asimov-inspired original series: Foundation. But on June 22, the company revealed the first teaser trailer and promised a 2021 release.

Isaac Asimov

Here are 14 awe-inspiring photos from the first trailer for Foundation...

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Jared Harris stars as Hari Seldon, the inventor of psychohistory, a type of cultural study that can predict the future.

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A lot of the action in the first Foundation novel takes place on Trantor, the capital planet of a future galactic Empire.

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Lou Llobell is playing Gaal, one of Seldon's first psychohistorian recruits. In the books, this character was a man.

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Some critics and historians credit Foundation with perfecting the "space opera," genre. There's certainly a lot of sweet spaceships in this new trailer.

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Lee Pace is playing "Brother Day," at least one of the Emperors in the history of Foundation. This exact Emperor seems to be a new invention for the TV series.

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Asimov's future history is sprawling and complicated. Imagine the Star Wars galaxy if it actually made sense.

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Because Seldon is a good deal younger than he was in the first novel, some fans think the series will draw-upon a prequel novel called Prelude to Foundation.

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This giant "space elevator" seems to be positioned above the planet Trantor, but this could be the planet Terminus, the future capital of the Foundation.

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Could this be Gaal arriving on the planet Terminus?

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Leah Harvey is playing Salvor. In the books, Salvor is an early ruler of Terminus. Their most famous quote is: "Violence is the last refuge of the incompetent."

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Laura Birn is playing Demerzel. If we tell you what Demerzel's deal is, it's basically a huge spoiler. Demerzel is a big deal. You've been warned.

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This seems like this is the death of one of the galactic Emperors. Or maybe Hari Seldon?

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One of the biggest themes of Foundation is the notion of using all information to manipulate future history. Maybe somebody is destroying Seldon's writings here?

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Adapting Foundation is going to be interesting. It's a famous sci-fi novel series for a reason, but it also spans several generations. If you thought Dune seemed dense or complicated, better buckle-up. This is about as hard as hard science fiction gets.

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