Death by asteroid:
A new drama series starting on Prime this week puts the Earth on a collision course for destruction.
New drama puts Earth on a collision path for destruction.
The end of the world, a love triangle, uncapped genius and a top-secret military operation to save humanity.
It’s a wonder how a single TV series could fit all that in.
But in the new geopolitical thriller Salvation, actor Santiago Cabrera (Big Little Lies, The Musketeers) says it is surprising how much humans can accomplish.
“That idea of being able to fit a lot of things in, I find really fascinating,” says Cabrera.
“(Realising) how much we actually are capable of and channelling that part of yourself.”
Cabrera, who plays tech mogul Darius Tanz, says he looked for inspiration for the tech genius role from Elon Musk and Steve Jobs.
“There are a lot of people today who have really pushed the idea of living,” says Cabrera.
“What drew me (to the role) is definitely the nature of a genius because I think a genius is a very complicated person.”
In Salvation, Tanz makes his billions by selling drones to the government and while working with a gifted MIT graduate, has come to the Pentagon with an alarming revelation – an asteroid will collide with Earth in just 186 days. “Asteroids and comets have hit Earth,” says Cabrera. “There are videos of it happening. “If you do research, all scientists say that it is a threat that could very well come one day. We don’t know when.” The series will explore how humanity reacts to almost certain annihilation – whether we come together or turn against each other. However, it’s left a little room for humour along the way. “It doesn’t become earnest,” says Cabrera, “because in real life we as human beings find lightness in the most extreme scenarios.”