13 June 2018

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Based on the Real Life Story of Jack Parsons, 'Strange Angel' Explores the Intersection Between Genius and Madness, Science and Science Fiction

"Jack Parsons (Jack Reynor), a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker in 1930s Los Angeles, works as a janitor at a chemical factory but dreams of building rockets that will take mankind to the moon. As he helps pioneer the unknown discipline of rocket science by day, by night Parsons is pulled into a new occult religion created by Aleister Crowley, performing sex magick rituals to bend the world to his will and make his fantastical dreams a reality...."

STRANGE ANGEL - Poster
STRANGE ANGEL - Poster
CBS All Access announced today that its latest original drama series, STRANGE ANGEL, will launch on its service in Canada on Thursday, June 14
⏩ New episodes of STRANGE ANGEL's 10-episode first season will be available on demand weekly on Thursdays exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers in Canada, mirroring the series' roll-out in the U.S.

STRANGE ANGEL, a drama series created by Mark Heyman ("Black Swan," "The Skeleton Twins") and based on George Pendle's book of the same name, is inspired by the real life story of Jack Parsons and explores the dramatic intersection between genius and madness, science and science fiction.
Jack Parsons (Jack Reynor), a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker in 1930s Los Angeles, works as a janitor at a chemical factory but dreams of building rockets that will take mankind to the moon. As he helps pioneer the unknown discipline of rocket science by day, by night Parsons is pulled into a new occult religion created by Aleister Crowley, performing sex magick rituals to bend the world to his will and make his fantastical dreams a reality.
The cast of STRANGE ANGEL includes Jack ReynorRupert FriendBella HeathcotePeter Mark KendallMichael GastonGreg Wise, Rade Šerbedžija, Zack Pearlmanand Keye Chen.
STRANGE ANGEL is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Scott Free Productions. Mark HeymanDavid DiGilioRidley Scott and David W. Zuckerserve as executive producers. Clayton Krueger serves as co-executive producer, and David Lowery ("A Ghost Story," "Pete's Dragon") directs and executive produces.

Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons
Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons - book cover
About the book the TV series is based on:
Strange Angel: The Otherworldly Life of Rocket Scientist John Whiteside Parsons

ROCKET SCIENTIST KILLED IN PASADENA EXPLOSION screamed the headline of the Los Angeles Times. John Parsons, a maverick rocketeer who helped transform the rocket from a derided sci-fi plot line into a reality, was at first mourned as a scientific prodigy. But reporters soon uncovered a more shocking story: Parsons had been a devotee of black magic.

George Pendle re-creates the world of John Parsons in this dazzling portrait of prewar superstition, cold war paranoia, and futuristic possibility. Fueled by childhood dreams of space flight, Parsons was a leader of the motley band of enthusiastic young men who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a cornerstone of the American space program. But Parsons's wild imagination also led him into the occult- for if he could make rocketry a reality, why not magic?

With a cast of characters including Howard Hughes, L. Ron Hubbard, and Robert Heinlein, Strange Angel explores the unruly consequences of genius.
STRANGE ANGEL
STRANGE ANGEL  (image via BoingBoing)

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