December 05, 2017

Will Smith, Darren Aronofsky team up for new NatGeo series 'One Strange Rock'

Series will explore Earth's natural beauty from above and within

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Actor Will Smith poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'Collateral Beauty' in London, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

Fans of "Planet Earth" and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" will soon have a new piece of educational programming to add to their queue of must-see TV.

Your host? West Philadelphia's own Will Smith.

NatGeo this week revealed details for the upcoming series "One Strange Rock," a cosmic exploration led by acclaimed filmmaker and "mother!" director Darren Aronofsky.

The show will draw heavily on the insights of a team of veteran astronauts, adding unique perspectives on the planet that come from their pioneering experiences above it. 

“By pairing the incomparable, out-of-this-world, global appeal of Will Smith with our rock-star astronauts, who literally went out of this world, we tell the incredible story of the complexities of our planet,” said Tim Pastore, president of original programming and production for National Geographic. “With the distinctive storytelling from Aronofsky and [co-executive producer Jane] Root, ‘One Strange Rock’ will be an incredible visual treat, taking audiences from the microscopic to the cosmic, leaving viewers to see and appreciate our planet as never before.”

Smith posted a trailer for the show on his Facebook page.

"Working on something a lil different for ya’ll with Darren Aronofsky + National Geographic TV," Smith said. "'One Strange Rock' coming in 2018!!"

“I am thrilled to have Will Smith on board to guide our series,” Aronofsky said. “His charisma, intelligence and humanity will add greatly to the project, helping welcome viewers into this unique narrative about the mind-blowing wonders that make life on Earth possible.”

The 10-episode series will debut in March 2018.