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Cast Set for SyFy’s ’12 Monkeys’ TV Series

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More new SyFy series news: The leads for the announced television re-imagining of Terry Gilliam‘s classic film  have been cast.

The show will star Aaron Stanford –“Pyro” of X-Men 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand, and Amanda Schull, a prolific TV actress best known as Meredith Sorensen on Pretty Little Liars, and Katrina Bennett on Suits.

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Fun fact: Stanford and Schull worked together on an episode of the 2013  season of the crime-drama series Nikita–Stanford as a regular, Schull as a guest star.

Anyway, the series seems to be neither a sequel nor a prequel to the 1995 film, but follows the same basic plot: A time-traveler from a post-apocalyptic Earth ravaged by plague returns to our time to stop the disease before it can be released.

Further details are in the official press release:

Syfy’s pilot 12 Monkeys has cast Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull in the project’s two lead roles. Also joining in key positions behind the camera are Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight, V, Heroes) as Executive Producer/Showrunner and Jeffrey Reiner (Helix, Friday Night Lights, Caprica) who will direct the pilot and also serve as Executive Producer.

The 60-minute pilot is being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment, producer of the original Bruce Willis-Brad Pitt theatrical directed by Terry Gilliam and released by Universal Pictures.  Production is slated to begin in December in Detroit.

Based on the classic hit film, 12 Monkeys follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race. Aaron Stanford (Nikita, X-Men: The Last Stand, X2) will play “Cole,” a desperate and haunted man from the near future, who travels to the present day to stop a deadly plague from being released on the world. Amanda Schull  (Suits, Pretty Little Liars,  Center Stage) will play “Cassandra Railly,” a brilliant doctor who is forced to choose between her idyllic life or joining Cole’s mission to uncover the dangerous conspiracy.

Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Terra Nova, Nikita) wrote the pilot script and are Co-Executive Producers. Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will Executive Produce. Roven produced the original film.

Oh, in case you’re wondering what Terry Gilliam thinks of this idea, according to a statement back in September–not very much. To quote an interview Gilliam did with Screen Daily:

…It’s a very dumb idea

What do you folks think?

Source: Geek Tyrant

Category: Film, TV

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