'Serenity' Synopsis

JOSS WHEDON -- the Oscar and Emmy-nominated writer/director behind the global phenomena of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel -- makes his feature film directorial debut with the science-fiction western adventure Serenity.

The film is based on Whedon’s critically acclaimed, short-lived television series Firefly, which aired on the FOX TV Network during the fall of 2002. Set in a futuristic, post-Earth universe dominated by a planetary Alliance, the series chronicled the adventures of the ragtag spaceship Serenity and her eclectic crew of outcasts, led by Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, played by NATHAN FILLION. Although FOX TV cancelled the show after only 11 of the 14 produced episodes had aired, Firefly’s quirky mix of humor, complex characters and sci-fi had attracted a loyal and passionate following.

In this world we find Mal (NATHAN FILLION), a soldier on the losing side of a galactic civil war, who now ekes out a living pulling off small crimes and captaining the transport-for-hire ship Serenity. He leads a small crew who are the closest thing he has left to family: his second-in-command Zoe (GINA TORRES); Zoe's pilot husband Wash (ALAN TUDYK); the mercenary Jayne (ADAM BALDWIN) and ship's mechanic Kaylee (JEWEL STAITE) who together provide Mal the opinionated, insubordinate and ultimately loyal mates he needs to survive in the outlands.

Threatening their survival are two of the most formidable enemies: first, the establishment known as the Universal Alliance (those on the winning side of the war); and second, the horrific, cannibalistic Reavers -- savages who roam the edges of space. The crew find themselves trapped between the Alliance, who seeks to bring order -- wanted or unwanted by their subjects -- to these various planets, and the Reavers, who seek wanton chaos and destruction.

Further complicating matters for Mal are the beautiful courtesan Inara (MORENA BACCARIN), a woman who alternately inspires and infuriates him; Shepherd Book (RON GLASS), a preacher who challenges Mal to the fullest; and two mysterious passengers: the young doctor Simon (SEAN MAHER) and his unstable, telepathic sister River (SUMMER GLAU). Her talents long-used by the Alliance, she possesses dangerous secrets buried so deeply, even she doesn’t know what they are.

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