The 5-hour mini-series chronicles the 1986 nuclear disaster
Irish actors Barry Keoghan and Jessie Buckley are among an impressive ensemble cast in HBO’s latest mini-series ‘Chernobyl.’
The show, which premiered on May 6 in the US and May 7 in the UK and Ireland, is a 5-episode mini-series that chronicles the 1986 nuclear disaster in the then Soviet-controlled Ukraine and its devastating aftermath.
In the show, Co Kerry native Jessie Buckley plays Lyudmilla Ignatenko, a pregnant woman whose fireman husband was one of the first responders to the disaster. Though parts of the mini-series are fictionalized, Buckley’s character is based on a real person.
Buckley told The Irish Mirror: “The script completely blew me away.”
“I wasn’t born when it happened but when I was at primary school there was a charity set up by Adi Roche for children affected by the explosion. They would come and live in Ireland for a year and go to my school. So I felt very emotionally involved.”
“But the pressure is your responsibility to tell these people’s stories.”
“There was one day I was on set and there were various extras from Lithuania and Ukraine.”
“There was this woman beside me crying her eyes out. At the end, I gave her a hug and she said her son had been a victim of that explosion.”
Barry Keoghan, who made his acting debut in RTE’s drama ‘Love / Hate,’ features in four of the five episodes as Pavel, whose duty as a soldier is to kill any infected dogs wandering the area.
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While filming ‘Chernobyl’ in 2018, Keoghan told the Irish Independent: "I have turned down a lot this year waiting for the right thing to come along, so fingers crossed."
Having starred in films such as 'Dunkirk' and 'The Killing of A Sacred Deer,' Keoghan has proven that he has fine taste in choosing acting roles.
‘Chernobyl,’ by most accounts, is set to be just as critically acclaimed.
Check out the trailer for ‘Chernobyl’ here:
'Chernobyl' airs in the US on HBO on Mondays at 9 pm, and in Ireland on Sky Atlantic.
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