Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series of novels spans thousands of years, which makes adapting it a tricky proposition, but David S. Goyer is giving it his best shot with the Apple TV+ series of the same name. The first season of Foundation wrapped up over a year ago, but the streaming service has finally released a special first-look trailer for season 2, which you can check out above.
The monumental adaptation of Foundation chronicles “a band of exiles on their unprecedented journey to rebuild civilization amid the fall of the Galactic Empire. Crucial individuals transcending space and time are faced with deadly crises, shifting loyalties and complicated relationships that will ultimately determine the fate of humanity.” Apple TV+ renewed the series for a second season shortly after the first season debuted on the streaming service.
Foundation stars Jared Harris as Dr. Hari Seldon, Lee Pace as Brother Day, Lou Llobell as Gaal Dornick, Leah Harvey as Salvor Hardin, Laura Birn as Demerzel, Terrence Mann as Brother Dusk, and Cassian Bilton as Brother Dawn. New additions to the second season include Isabella Laughland as Brother Constant, Kulvinder Ghir as Poly Verisof, Sandra Yi Sencindiver as Enjoiner Rue, Ella-Rae Smith as Queen Sareth of Cloud Dominion, Dimitri Leonidas as Hober Mallow, Ben Daniels as Bel Roise, Holt McCallany as Warden Jaegger Fount, Rachel House as Tellem Bond, and Nimrat Kaur as Yanna Seldon. I haven’t watched the first season of the sci-fi series, so I can speak to how closely it follows Isaac Asimov’s novels, but the trailer does look suitably epic, not to mention expensive.
Our own Alex Maidy reviewed the first season of Foundation upon its release, and while he enjoyed it, he wondered if those unfamiliar with the story would be able to get on board. “Foundation has a dedicated fanbase who have been waiting for years to finally see this adaptation,” Maidy wrote. “Overall, they should be pleased with this series while newcomers may be left underwhelmed by the slow-burn story. There is a lot to unpack here and I found that with each subsequent episode I was more invested in the story, but I am not sure if general audiences will be invested enough to see this through to the end. Those that do will be rewarded with high drama and spectacular visuals, but it will take some patience to get there.” You can check out the rest of Maidy’s review right here.
The second season of Foundation doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it will debut in the summer of 2023.