HISTORICAL DRAMA’S A TOP PICK FOR ASHLEY
Ashley Zukerman is red hot right now. The Aussie actor is in demand for a range of Aussie and Hollywood TV projects.
In a month’s time, Zukerman will hit local screens playing Jesse Banks in the second season of The Code.
Zukerman scored an AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama for his performance in the first season, which was one of the most critically-acclaimed shows of 2014.
Zukerman recently filmed the futuristic sci-fi Childhood’s End miniseries in Melbourne for US TV, based on the novel by Arthur C Clarke.
Also in the pipeline for Zukerman is the pilot for political thriller Four Stars, about two rival families in the military community of Tampa, Florida. Steven Bauer ( Ray Donovan) and Bruce Greenwood ( Mad Men) co-star.
But it is Manhattan that has Zukerman really excited. US critics have raved ever since the historical drama debuted in July 2014 but Aussie viewers haven’t had the chance to see the show’s two seasons until now.
Manhattan is set in 1943 and 1944 and focuses on the Manhattan Project, the military operation in Los Alamos, New Mexico, to create the first nuclear weapon.
Zukerman plays Dr Charlie Isaacs, a star scientist who arrives with wife Abby (Rachel Brosnahan) to join the project.
Charlie quickly learns that The Manhattan Project is shrouded in mystery. He can’t talk to anyone about it, and that includes Abby.
“That immediately creates a rift between them, ” Zukerman say from his LA base.
“I remember reading the script and thinking ‘this is really the best pilot I’ve ever read’.”
The role is a good fit for Zukerman who studied Science and Engineering at Monash Uni before becoming an actor.
“This was a really special show for me so it is great that people are finally getting to see it back home,” Zukerman says
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