Academy Award-winning actress Allison Janney has been tapped to narrate a new documentary special about famed aviator Amelia Earhart (pictured) from National Geographic, Expedition Amelia, set to premiere later this month.
The two-hour special will follow deep-sea explorer Dr. Bob Ballard, best known for his discovery of the Titanic ship wreck in 1985, on his mission to solve the mystery of Earhart’s disappearance in 1937.
“This ongoing expedition is one of the most exciting, challenging and intriguing missions of my career,” said Ballard in a statement. “While we’re continuing to look for answers about what happened to Earhart, our team is confident that our diligent search of the area surrounding the island has helped us decide where to look next. Earhart is an inspiration to so many young women in the world, and I’m proud that my team — which is mostly made of women, in a historically male-dominated field — has played a small role in her legacy.”
Expedition Amelia premieres Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Nat Geo. It will premiere globally in 172 countries and 43 languages.
Elsewhere at Nat Geo, Sea of Shadows will have its broadcast premiere on Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
The films explores threats to totoaba fish in the Sea of Cortez, including Mexican drug cartels and Chinese traffickers poaching the fish for the black market.
The film is produced by Walter Kohler and Wolfgang Knopfler, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson, Phillip Watson and Scott Z. Burns executive producing.
(Photo courtesy of National Geographic)