It’s the stuff of countless films and TV shows: What would you do and who would you become if you knew exactly how long you had to live and what would spell your demise? For Hard Sun’s Brit detectives Elaine Renko (Agyness Deyn, Clash of the Titans) and Charlie Hicks (Jim Sturgess, Cloud Atlas), wary new partners harboring a host of personal secrets, the investigation into a young man’s murder uncovers a MI5 plot to hide humanity’s impending demise, upending the pair’s private and professional worlds as they try to mitigate the revelation while dealing their own emotions.
Though Renko is initially brought aboard to quietly investigate a possible — and epic — wrongdoing by her morally flexible colleague, their horrific shared discovery lends a level of shared clarity about the nuances of human behavior and what constitutes a punishable offense. “We only have each other to talk about this one thing,” Deyn smiles, “so we have to come together at some point to cope with this and move forward to distinguish the effects that this so-called leak is going to have on society.”
“You really look at the different ways people are going to react,” adds Sturgess, whose Hicks arguably has not one but two families to protect. “There’s people who are just going to bring chaos to their last dying days on the planet, but there’ll be people who are desperately trying to fight for keeping peace and order and making sure the hard time is not just wrapped up in chaos.”
For the guarded, principled Renko, that’s further complicated by the stunning reappearance of the son she gave up for adoption years before. “She’s had a really rough childhood,” Deyn explains. “She had this child when she was 13, 14 years old and had become a police officer to right her own wrongs. That’s her therapy. … When her son comes along, it’s kind of like, ‘Why has this come today?’ To test her. To propel her forward in exploring her own humanity and what she’s lacking in life.”
“The giant concept is that it forces you to have to deal with your issues,” says Sturgess, who mined transcripts of interviews with terminal patients for insights on how to live right when you’re dying. “We’re all rushing towards our own personal apocalypse. So, it’s a metaphor for your own journey in life, because there is ultimately an end for everybody, whatever that may be. So make sure that you are appreciating and noticing the details and all the simple little things — that life is @#$%ing incredible!”
Hard Sun Season 1 is now available on Hulu