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La Brea Release Date, Cast And Plot - What We Know So Far

It looks like NBC has a new science fiction drama to replace "Manifest" already, and it's called "La Brea." Created by David Appelbaum, who previously worked on "The Mentalist" and "NCIS: New Orleans," "La Brea" is an epic adventure set in Los Angeles, following a mother and son split from the rest of their family when a huge sinkhole transports them to a primeval world with a bunch of strangers. 

The series is led by Natalie Zea, who some might recognize from "Justified," "The Following," or a number of other prominent roles, as Claire Harris, while Eoin Macken from "The Night Shift" and "Merlin" plays her husband Gavin Harris, who is back in the normal LA with their daughter, trying to find any way to save his family. 

The new series will be arriving soon, so interested viewers are eager to learn more about "La Brea" and what to expect from the upcoming NBC sci-fi drama. Here's everything we know so far about the new show "La Brea."

What is the release date for La Brea?

Although NBC has only released a teaser trailer so far, the premiere of "La Brea" is just around the corner. Joining the channel's fall line-up, the new series will premiere on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 9 PM ET, and the first season will have 10 episodes total. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the series films in Australia and is one of the most expensive productions shot in Victoria, Australia since "The Pacific" in 2009. NBC "will spend around $71 million in Australia, more than $60 million of it in Victoria," on the new show. Clearly, the network has a lot of faith in the upcoming series. "La Brea" will join NBC's other new show "Ordinary Joe," a drama that follows James Wolk as the title character as he lives out three parallel timelines of his life, airing this fall, along with long-running favorites like "The Blacklist" and the "Chicago P.D." franchise. 

Who is in the cast of La Brea?

Along with Zea and Macken, "La Brea" will also star Zyra Gorecki and Jack Martin as Izzy and Josh Harris, Claire and Gavin's two children. Josh gets stuck in the strange world within the sinkhole with his mom, while Izzy is above with her dad. The new series has a relatively large cast, with newcomer Lily Santiago playing a character named Victoria who lives a strict life to protect her little sister, while Jon Seda of "Chicago P.D." plays Dr. Sam Velez, a man with a teenage daughter who "carries himself like the general of an Army" (official description via Variety). 

Also in the cast are Nicholas Gonzalez as Levi Brooks, Gavin's best friend and a talented Air Force pilot, Rohan Mirchandaney as Scott, a tour guide at the La Brea Tar Pits Museum who tries to keep people calm in the sinkhole, and Chloe De Los Santos as Lilly, the 12-year-old younger sister of Veronica (Deadline). Other notable actors who will be a part of the main cast include Catherine Dent, Karina Logue, Veronica St. Clair, Angel Parker, Chiké Okonkwo, Josh McKenzie, and Jag Bal in various roles, while Ione Skye will have a recurring role as Jessica Harris, an attorney and the older sister of Gavin (via Deadline).

What is La Brea about?

According to NBC's official description of "La Brea," the science fiction series is an "epic adventure" revolving around a huge sinkhole in Los Angeles, as "those who fell in find themselves in a mysterious and dangerous primeval land, where they have no choice but to band together to survive. Meanwhile, the rest of the world desperately seeks to understand what happened." It looks like the show will have a main focus on the Harris family, showing how they are split apart and put in two vastly different situations but must work with others around them to be reunited. 

Not much about the world within the sinkhole has been revealed yet, but given it happens right on the site of the La Brea Tar Pits and is described in official text as "primeval," it's highly likely that fans will be seeing some Ice Age-era flora and fauna. On top of that, there's the big question of how this world even exists beneath Los Angeles, so there might be a more mystical reason behind everything happening in "La Brea." NBC obviously believes in the success of the new show and is remaining relatively quiet about the first season's story, so start getting excited and gearing up for the September premiere.