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Serenity Details


A band of renegades on the run in outer space get in more hot water than they anticipated in this sci-fi action-adventure adapted from the television series . In the 26th century, the galaxy has been colonized by a military force known as the Alliance, but its leadership has not gone unquestioned. The Alliance was once challenged by a league of rebels known as the Independents, but the Alliance emerged victorious after a brutal civil war, with the surviving Independents scattering around the galaxy. Also wandering the edges of the galaxy are the Reavers, who have won few allies due to their violent behavior and habit of ripping apart their enemies and eating them before they're dead. Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion), who fought as an Independent in the galactic war, is the head of Serenity, a rogue frieghter ship whose crew includes Mal's first mate, Zoe (Gina Torres), who fought alongside him in the war, her husband, hotshot pilot Wash (Alan Tudyk), sunny but dependable mechanic Kaylee (Jewel Staite), and hard-nosed gunman Jayne (Adam Baldwin). The crew of Serenity wander the galaxy, taking on whatever work they can get, from criminal activities like smuggling and stealing to legitimately offering transport to travelers. Passengers aboard Serenity include professional "companion" Inara (Morena Baccarin) and holy man Shepherd Book (Ron Glass), but the real trouble aboard the ship comes with the arrival of Simon (Sean Maher) and his teenage sister, River Tam (Summer Glau). In time, the crew discovers that River has remarkable psychic powers and was being held captive by Alliance forces until Simon came to her rescue. Now the Alliance is hot on the heels of Serenity and its passengers, with The Operative (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a sinister Alliance tracker, leading the chase. Serenity was written and directed by Joss Whedon (in his directorial debut), creator of , which only lasted 11 weeks on the air but gained a powerful cult following who rallied to get the show released on DVD after its cancellation, leading to impressive home-video sales and and an eventual motion picture deal. A couple of months prior to Serenity's theatrical release, reruns of were picked up by the Sci-Fi channel, adding even more fans to its cult following. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:September 30, 2005


Awarded by
Online Film Critics Association Nathan Fillion Breakthrough Performer 2005 Nominee


Nathan Fillion
as Capt. Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds
Gina Torres
as Zoe
Alan Tudyk
as Wash
Morena Baccarin
as Inara
Adam Baldwin
as Jayne
Summer Glau
as River Tam
Sean Maher
as Dr. Simon Tam
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as The Operative
Ron Glass
as Shepherd Book
David Krumholtz
as Mr. Universe
Michael Hitchcock
Sarah Paulson
David Krumholtz
as Mr. Universe


Joss Whedon
Barry Mendel
Joss Whedon
Jack N. Green
David Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Lisa Lassek
Barry Chusid
Production Designer
Alisa Tager
Executive Producer
Christopher Buchanan
Executive Producer
David Lester
Executive Producer
Ruth E. Carter
Costume Designer
Arthur Rochester
Sound/Sound Designer
Rich Sickler
First Assistant Director
Loni Peristere
Visual Effects Supervisor
Chad Stahelski
Stunts Coordinator
Juliette Yager
Visual Effects Producer
Daniel Sudick
Special Effects Coordinator