We Cast Adam McKay's Upcoming HBO Series on the Race for the COVID-19 Vaccine, 'The First Shots'

'Succession' producer Adam McKay is turning the COVD-19 vaccine book 'The First Shots' into a series for HBO. We took a stab at dream casting the major players.

Teyonah Parris Nicholas Braun First Shots Cast

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Teyonah Parris Nicholas Braun First Shots Cast

HBO is teaming up with Succession’s executive producer Adam McKay to bring to life a limited series about the creation of the COVID-19 vaccine. The First Shots series will be based on the book The First Shots: The Epic Rivalries and Heroic Science Behind the Race to the Coronavirus Vaccine by Brendan Borrell. The award-winning journalist based the book on his coverage of the global race that took place in 2020 to deliver the lifesaving vaccine to billions of people. He focused his book on the key players who made the vaccine’s creation and distribution a reality including scientists, politicians, and billionaire CEOs.

It will explore the work that was put in to save people’s lives, the science that the vaccine is based on, and the challenges that played out around politics, access, and safety. The series will feature scientists and researchers Kizzmekia Corbett, Katalin Kariko, and Sarah Gilbert, as well as Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla and Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel. Aside from having McKay on board, casting the right actors to portray these influential people is key to making this limited series as impactful as it needs to be. Scroll down to see the dream cast we put together for The First Shots.

Jared Leto as President Donald Trump

Jared Leto Donald Trump First Shots

Martin Short as Anthony Fauci

First Shots Casting Martin Short

Teyonah Parris as Kizzmekia Corbett

First Shots Casting Teyonah Parris

Nicholas Braun as Jared Kushner

Nicholas Braun on HBO's 'Succession'

Ron Perlman as General Gustave Perna

First Shots Casting Ron Perlman

Sarah Paulson as Katalin Karikó

First Shots Casting Sarah Paulson

Eugene Levy as Albert Bourla

First Shots Casting Eugene Levy

David Thewlis as Barney Graham

First Shots Casting David Thewlis

Julianne Moore as Sarah Gilbert

First Shots Casting Julianne Moore

Stanley Tucci as Stéphane Bancel

First Shots Casting Stanley Tucci

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