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MGM+ New Sci-Fi Beacon 23: An Interstellar Love Story and Mystery Series


Image of Stephan James as Halan and Lena Headey as Aster in a scene from the upcoming sci-fi series Beacon 23 on MGM+ November 12, 2023.

By the time November comes around you should be well snuggled on the couch with your favorite blanket, drink, and snack, looking for your next great escape. And if you're a sci-fi fan you are in luck! MGM+ has picked up the science-fiction mystery thriller and love story Beacon 23, based on the best-selling book by Hugh Howey.


The global series premiere is scheduled to debut on Sunday, November 12 on MGM+ at 9:00 p.m. with the first two of eight episodes. Zak Penn (Ready Player One, Free Guy) created the series, and executive produced along with Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead, The Shield).



Image of Stephan James as Halan and Lena Headey as Aster in a scene from the upcoming sci-fi series Beacon 23 on MGM+ November 12, 2023.

Beacon 23 takes place in the farthest reaches of the Milky Way and follows Aster (Lena Headey), a government agent, and Halan (Stephan James), a stoic ex-military man, whose fates become entangled after they find themselves trapped together inside one of many Beacons that serve as a lighthouse for intergalactic travelers. Every Beacon is run by one highly trained human and a specialized Artificial Intelligence. Aster mysteriously finds her way to the lonely Beacon-keeper Halan, and a tense battle of wills unfolds.


Image of Stephan James as Halan and Lena Headey as Aster in a scene from the upcoming sci-fi series Beacon 23 on MGM+ November 12, 2023.

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) plays Aster alongside Stephan James (Selma), whose character Halan lives and works a solitary life as the guardian and caretaker of Beacon 23. The isolation begins to affect Halan, gradually eroding his mental stability, compounded by the haunting scars and concealed mysteries from his history. Halan begins to question whether Aster is friend or foe, as her ability to disguise her agenda and motives could make her a formidable opponent.



Image of Stephan James as Halan in a scene from the upcoming sci-fi series Beacon 23 on November 12, 2023.

The series also stars Bo Martynowska (Nancy Drew), Daniel Malik (The Expanse), Dylan Taylor (Covert Affairs), Noah Lamanna (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds), David Tompa (Odd Squad), Ben Cain (Bel-Air), Cyrus Faird (Degrassi: The Next Generation), Jaeden Noel (Killjoys), and Eric Lange (Perry Mason, Lost).


“Beacon 23 is a series in the best tradition of thought-provoking genre storytelling,” said Michael Wright, head of MGM+. “With the incredible vision of Zak Penn and Glen Mazzara, riveting performances by Lena Headey and Stephan James, and an exciting world-building design, Beacon 23 is essential viewing for fans of premium science-fiction drama.”



Image of Lena Headey as Aster in a scene from the upcoming sci-fi series Beacon 23 on MGM+ November 12, 2023.

“We’re delighted to bring Beacon 23 to MGM+ and introduce viewers to a world in the dark recesses of space where nothing is quite what it seems,” said David Fortier and Ivan Schneeberg, Co-Executive Chairmen, Boat Rocker Media and Co-Chairmen, Boat Rocker Studios. “Beacon 23 is a rare psychological thriller whose rich characters and gripping storylines take you to some pretty unexpected places. We’re grateful to our creative partners for helping bring this epic story to life.”


Produced by Boat Rocker, Zak Penn, and Glen Mazzara served as executive producers alongside David Fortier, Ivan Schneeberg, James Middleton, Nick Nantell, Tina Thor, Katie O’Connell Marsh, Elisa Ellis, Liz Varner, Ira Steven Behr, Daniel Percival, Joy Blake, Lena Headey, and Stephan James. Boat Rocker oversees global distribution and licensing for Beacon 23.


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