Forget “Us.” You’d be hard-pressed to find something more frightening than HBO’s full trailer for its upcoming miniseries “Chernobyl.”
Unlike the teaser trailer released a few weeks ago, the new full-length trailer (watch above), which dropped Thursday, offers a closer look at the performances at the center, and the devastation and aftermath caused by the unimaginable 1986 nuclear accident in Ukraine (then part of the USSR).
“I’m pleased to report that the situation in Chernobyl is stable,” Boris Shcherbina (Stellan Skarsgard), the Soviet deputy prime minister and chairman of the high commission on the accident, reassures a room full of worried faces (and himself?) in the beginning of the clip. “In terms of radiation, I’m told it’s the equivalent of a chest X-ray.”
“No!” Valery Legasov (Jared Harris), the Soviet chemist leading the investigation into the explosion, exclaims. “Chernobyl is on fire. And every atom of uranium is like a bullet penetrating everything in its path. Metal, concrete, flesh. Now Chernobyl holds over three trillion of these bullets. Some of them will not stop firing for 50,000 years.”
Bone. Chilling. If that doesn’t get you, prepare for an onslaught of brutal images of the victims and a discordant eerie, static-filled score that will haunt your dreams.
“What happened then, what happened after, all of it, all of it — madness,” Legasov says.
Written by Craig Mazin (“The Hangover Part II,” “The Hangover Part III”), the five-part series premieres Monday, May 6, and also stars Emily Watson, Ralph Ineson, Fares Fares, Adam Nagaitis and David Dencik.
“Chernobyl” is currently in eighth place in our Best Limited Series odds, which is not entirely surprising since it hasn’t aired yet and it lacks the same type pre-premiere buzz that HBO’s other contenders “Sharp Objects” and “True Detective” had. But it’s a Serious Prestige Project that will air at the perfect time before voting, so don’t sleep on it.
In the near future, you can check out how our experts rank this year’s Emmy contenders. Then take a look at the most up-to-date combined odds before you make your own 2019 Emmy predictions. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before nominations are announced on July 16.