HIS­TOR­I­CAL DRAMA’S A TOP PICK FOR ASH­LEY

Herald Sun - Switched On - - COVER STORY - COLIN VICK­ERY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

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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