'The Third Day': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about HBO's drama miniseries

Starring Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Emily Watson, Naomie Harris and Paddy Considine, first impressions of 'The Third Day' are chilling and unsettling yet thrilling


                            'The Third Day': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about HBO's drama miniseries
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There is no secret that HBO is the mastermind behind some of the most brilliant stories on television. And going forward into 2020, the network continues to add quality content to its quota. Its upcoming drama miniseries, 'The Third Day', is sure to give you some 'Midsommar' vibes. But knowing HBO's penchant of delivering fresh stories, the miniseries will be one-of-a-kind. Starring Jude Law, Katherine Waterston, Emily Watson, Naomie Harris and Paddy Considine, first impressions of 'The Third Day' are chilling and unsettling yet thrilling. 

Here is everything you need to know about the HBO + Sky Atlantic series. 

Release date

'The Third Day' is set to premiere on HBO on Monday, September 14, 2020.

Plot

The show's six episodes are divided into "Summer" and "Winter". According to the official synopsis of the HBO series, "In 'Summer', one man visits a mysterious island off the British coast and discovers a group of inhabitants intent on preserving their home at any cost. In the second half, aka 'Winter', a strong-willed outsider comes to the island seeking answers - but instead causes a battle to decide its fate. As boundaries between fantasy and reality fragment, his quest to unlock the truth leads the islanders to reveal a shocking secret."

Cast

Jude Law as Sam

Jude Law attends the screening of 'The Rhythm Section' at Brooklyn Academy of Music on January 27, 2020, in New York City (Getty Images)

 

The 'The New Pope' star plays the role of Sam, who, according to the official synopsis of the series, "is drawn to a mysterious island off the British coast where he encounters a group of islanders set on preserving their traditions at any cost". "Isolated from the mainland, Sam is unable to leave the idyllic and dangerously enchanting world he has discovered, where the secretive rituals of its inhabitants bring him to grapple with experiences of loss and trauma hidden in his past through the distorted lens of the present." The multiple award winner is known for his work in 'Cold Mountain', 'Road to Perdition', 'A. I. Artificial Intelligence', 'Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald', and 'Captain Marvel'. 

Naomie Harris as Helen

Naomie Harris attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 at Royal Albert Hall on February 02, 2020, in London, England (Getty Images)

 

Harris stars as a strong-willed outsider Helen, who comes to the island seeking answers, "but whose arrival precipitates a fractious battle to decide its fate as the lines between fantasy and fact are distorted". The actress rose to fame with her critically acclaimed performance as Paula in 'Moonlight' which earned her nominations for the Golden Globe, BAFTA and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. 

Katherine Waterston as Jess

Katherine Waterston attends the 'Mid90s' screening during the 56th New York Film Festival at Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on October 7, 2018, in New York City (Getty Images)

 

Waterston is known for her work in 'Robot & Frank', 'Being Flynn' and 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' but she rose to fame with her role as Shasta Fay Hepworth in 'Inherent Vice'.

Emily Watson as Mrs Martin

Emily Watson during Women in Film & TV Awards 2019 at Hilton Park Lane on December 06, 2019, in London, England (Getty Images)

 

Watson is best known for her work in 'Angela's Ashes', 'Gosford Park', 'Punch-Drunk Love', 'Red Dragon', 'The Life and Death of Peter Sellers', 'The Theory of Everything' and 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle'. She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her work in 'Chernobyl'. 

Paddy Considine as Mr Martin

Paddy Considine attends the Premiere Of HBO's 'The Outsider' at DGA Theater on January 09, 2020, in Los Angeles, California (Getty Images)

 

Considine is known for his appearance in Season 3 of the BBC gangster series 'Peaky Blinders', 'Dead Man's Shoes', 'The Girl with All the Gifts' and 'The Death of Stalin'. He has also acted in music videos such as Coldplay's 'God Put A Smile Upon Your Face' and the Arctic Monkeys' 'Leave Before the Lights Come On'. 

Creators 

The HBO and Sky co-production is created by Felix Barrett and Dennis Kelly. According to HBO's official press site, the miniseries is the first original drama to be produced by Sky's new production house, Sky Studios, along with Plan B Entertainment, the world-renowned immersive theatre company Punchdrunk and writer Dennis Kelly. "Summer" is written by Kelly and directed by Marc Munden, while "Winter" is written by Kit de Wall, Dean O'Loughlin and Kelly and directed by Philippa Lowthorpe. The series is executive-produced by Barrett, Kelly, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

Trailers

Watch the official trailer here

 



 

Where to watch

The limited series will premiere on HBO on Monday, September 14, 2020, at 9-10 pm ET/PT and will be available to stream on HBO Max. 

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