Richard Madden goes from fantasy to sci-fi in new pilot for Amazon

Robb Stark has his next starring role set up. Post Game of Thrones, Richard Madden has been very busy, with Cinderella and Medici starring roles. Now he has a new pilot and fans can help get it picked up. As part of Amazon‘s Spring 2017 pilot season, Oasis stars Madden as a chaplain sent to colonize a distant planet. The sci-fi story is written by Bridge of Spies scribe Matt Charman and based on a novel called The Book of Strange New Things from Michel Faber.

Amazon’s pilot season puts out several shows, and then takes fan feedback to decide what gets a series order. Oasis is up against only one other hour-long drama pilot, a new series from Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. The full description for Oasis including other stars and creatives follows:

“Based on the cult-hit novel The Book of Strange New Things from Michel Faber, Oasis follows a chaplain (Richard Madden, Game of Thrones) who is sent into space to help establish a colony on a distant planet. What he ends up discovering not only puts his faith to the test, but life as we know it. The pilot also stars world-renowned Indian actor and producer Anil Kapoor (Slumdog Millionaire, 24) as Vikram Danesh, the head of the base on Oasis, Michael Shaw (Limitless) as B.G., Antje Traue (Man of Steel) as Grainger, Mark Addy (Game of Thrones) as Halloran, Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense, Alpha House) as Sy, Maureen Sebastian (American Gothic) as Alicia Ruiz, Michael Shaffer (Coach Sinclair) as Phelps, and Zawe Ashton (Nocturnal Animals) as Severin. Oasis is written by Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies), executive produced by Charman, Andy Harries (The Crown) and Lila Rawlings (Left Bank Productions), produced by Rob Bullock (The Night Manager), with Kevin MacDonald (The Last King of Scotland) directing. The one-hour drama pilot is a co-production of Amazon Studios and Left Bank Productions.”

Oasis and the rest of the Amazon 2017 Spring pilot season will premiere March 17 in US, UK, Germany, Austria, and Japan.

Does this sound like something you would like to watch? More importantly, does this pilot possibly signal a move for more quality science fiction, and other similar genres, to make their way over to streaming services and away from the major network television?
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