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Sean Penn to Star in Hulu's Mars Space Drama 'The First'

•, By Elizabeth Howell

Sean Penn, who won Academy Awards as Best Actor for "Mystic River" (2003) and "Milk" (2008), will star in Hulu's original space-drama series "The First." 

While his role has not been disclosed yet, the show follows the first human mission to Mars, and explores "the challenges of taking the first steps toward interplanetary colonization," according to a show description. The show will center on the astronauts, as well as the families and loved ones they left behind. The Mars crew will also work with a "a ground team on Earth" (it's unclear if that would be NASA's Mission Control in Houston, or another entity.) 

"The First" was created by Beau Willimon, who is best known as the past executive producer and writer for the Netflix series "House of Cards" (2013-present), a fictional show about the U.S. presidency, and for co-producing the Hollywood film "The Ides of March" (2011), which follows the fictional campaigns of presidential candidates in the Democratic primary.

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