“The whole forest smelled like death. And then, I saw that … thing. As God is my witness, it was not of this world.”

That’s just one of the moments highlighted in History’s new UFO drama series Project Blue Book, based on declassified government files from the top-secret program investigating reported sightings of UFOs between 1952 and 1969.

The 10-episode drama series is inspired by the personal experiences of Dr. J. Allen Hynek Aidan Gillen, Game of Thrones), a brilliant college professor recruited by the U.S. Air Force to spearhead this clandestine operation that researched thousands of cases, over 700 of which remain unsolved to this day.

Each episode will draw from the actual case files, blending UFO theories with authentic historical events. Throughout the season, true to life, documented occurrences will be explored such as the Flatwoods Monster incident that took place in West Virginia, the Gorman Dogfight of Fargo, N.D, the Lubbock Lights of Lubbock, Texas and the Chiles-Whitted UFO Incident of Montgomery, Ala.. Delving into themes such as trust, instinct, real news vs. fake news and government cover-ups, Project Blue Book straddles the world of science and the exploration of the unknown, says History.

In addition to Gillen, it stars Neal McDonough (Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow) as General James Harding, a confident and perceptive general responsible for heading the Air Force’s new division – Project Blue Book, Michael Harney (Orange Is The New Black, Soy Nero) as General Hugh Valentine, a sometimes cryptic yet powerful USAF General both overseeing and keeping a close eye on General Harding’s new division, Laura Mennell (Watchmen, The Man in the High Castle) as Mimi Hynek, Dr. J. Allen Hynek’s wife and loyal partner in life, and Ksenia Solo (Black Swan, Lost Girl) as Susie Miller, a stylish, eye-catching woman with a confidence to be envious of and whose stealthy charm goes deeper than what meets the eye.

Project Blue Book is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. It’s executive produced by Robert Zemeckis (Contact, Back to the Future, Forrest Gump), Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight) and Jackie Levine (Allied, The Walk) for Compari Entertainment. David O’Leary serves as creator, co-executive producer and writer, with Sean Jablonski (Suits, Nip/Tuck) serving as showrunner, executive producer and writer. Barry Jossen serves as executive producer. Arturo Interian serves as executive producer for History.

Project Blue Book premieres January 8 at 10 p.m.

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