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July 16, 2018 at 03:37 PM EDT

Launching in 3… 2… 1…

House of Cards creator Beau Willimon is returning to television with The First, a drama set in the near future and centers on the first human mission to Mars. Natascha McElhone and Sean Penn star in the series, and now we have our first look at the actors with newly released photos from the series, which will focus not only on the human challenges of interplanetary colonization but also on the mission’s ground team and the astronauts’ loved ones back on Earth.

“I have such deep admiration for Sean’s immense talent and extraordinary body of work,” Willimon said in a statement back when Penn was cast. “I feel very lucky to be collaborating with an artist of his caliber.”

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Lisa Gay Hamilton, James Ranson, and Melissa George also star.

Willimon has had a busy year: He also wrote the screenplay for Mary Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, adapted from the book by John Guy, out December 7.

The First launches Sept. 14 on Hulu.

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