It’s been almost 33 years since the Chernobyl disaster showed the world firsthand the horrifying potential of a nuclear meltdown and this year HBO will release a dramatic TV mini-series retelling of the events. Written by and produced by Craig Mazin (The Hangover Part II and III), the series stars Stellan Skarsgard as the Russian deputy prime minister while Jared Harris and Emily Watson play a pair of nuclear physicists trying to contain the catastrophe. Although you might expect the series to be somewhat dry and procedural in nature, it is surprising just how grim and graphic some of the footage is. It’s The Day After for a whole new generation! Chernobyl premieres on HBO on May 6th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.