Watch: Ahead of Apple TV Sci-Fi Series, Lee Pace Teases with Steamy Vid

Saturday September 25, 2021
Originally published on September 24, 2021

Lee Pace is no stranger to fantasy and sci-fi blockbusters. The out, 42-year-old actor has had featured roles in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "The Hobbit." No doubt he hopes his newest project, an adaptation of Isaac Asimov's sci-fi novels "Foundation" that premieres on AppleTV+ on Friday, will be a success.

And to promote the show, Pace posted a vid to Instagram that shows him walking across the desert shot from behind. "We spent the past two years traveling around the world to shoot this epic adaption of Isaac Asimov's seminal work, 'Foundation,'" he captioned the post, which quickly began to trend.

"I'm so grateful to @appletvplus and @skydance for making filming safe & possible over the past two years, and bringing our entire traveling circus to some of the most incredible locations I've ever visited," he added. "Thank you David Goyer for your leadership and vision. This one was a blast to shoot."

On the series, Pace plays plays Cleon, Emperor of the Galaxy, one of three rulers of a vast, intergalactic empire that is under threat of coming to an end. In a change for Asimov's novel, "one Cleon was turned into three—Brother Dawn, Brother Day, and Brother Dusk—a ruling dynasty of Cleon clones that will seemingly never end," writes the website Gizmodo

But, Pace says, there is more to Clean than meet the eye.

"This idea that I'm not really playing a man, but I'm playing many men at a certain time in their life where they have control of the entire Milky Way galaxy, it's such an insane reality," he told Entertainment Weekly. "I thought that basic idea for a character that might last for a long time in the story was really, really interesting."

He also says that while the show is escapist entertainment, it has contemporary resonances.

"I think that science fiction offers a place for us to have that investigation without the triggers of contemporary life on Earth," Pace told io9. "You know, we're not talking about American politics. We're not talking about covid. We're not talking about, you know, climate change. But we are."

"Foundation" comes from showrunner and writer David S. Goyer ("The Dark Knight," "Man of Steel"). "Like the novel, the series is a story told over a timeline of 1,000 years. Hari Seldon, played by Jared Harris, uses psychohistory — the study of mathematics to predict the future based on human behavior — to foretell the destruction of the empire. Humanity's only hope is to curate a "foundation" of knowledge so that when humans eventually bounce back, they won't have to start from scratch," writes Entertainment Weekly.
"Pace acknowledges the 'big idea' that Goyer, as Asimov once did, is pursuing. 'It's difficult to distill down. It's about life, it's about survival, it's about. I feel like if I spit them out to you, it's a little bit of a generalization about the experience of being alive.'"


Pace recently made headlines at the Met Gala when cut a handsome profile in a black tie and a pair of signature Thom Brown shorts with garters holding up a pair of mix-matched socks and black boots. But what caught the press's eye was what looked like a gold ring on his left finger, which has led to speculation that he has married his long-time bf Matthew Foley.