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The First - Sean Penn Cast in Hulu's Space Drama

Add Sean Penn to the list of film stars turning to the small screen.

The two-time Oscar winner (Milk, Mystic River) will make his TV series regular debut and star in Hulu's straight-to-series space drama The First.

From House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, The First is set in the near future and explores the first human mission to Mars and interplanetary colonization. The eight-episode drama focuses not only on the astronauts, but also on their families and loved ones, as well as the ground team on Earth. Details about Penn's character are being kept under wraps.

"I have such deep admiration for Sean's immense talent and extraordinary body of work," Willimon said. "I feel very lucky to be collaborating with an artist of his caliber."