Halle Berry is heading back to the small screen after landing a leading role in Steven Spielberg's new drama.

The X-Men actress is set to play an astronaut returning home after a year in space in Extant, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

She says, "I'm always on the lookout for amazing roles and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium."

Spielberg adds, "There's only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honoured that she has chosen Extant to expand her illustrious career.

"As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her."

Berry's previous Tv credits include Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, which earned her an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award and Oprah Winfrey's Their Eyes Were Watching God.