If for no other reason than to prove that not all news is Comic-Con-based (though don’t worry, we still have more news from Comic-Con to report), Syfy has issued a press release announcing that production begins next week in Toronto on upcoming time traveling movie-based series 12 Monkeys.
Two new cast members have also been added: Tom Noonan and Emily Hampshire. More about them and their characters below. But first, a reminder of the trailer:
Trailer: 12 Monkeys
SYFY’S 12 MONKEYS TO COMMENCE SERIES PRODUCTION IN TORONTO
Tom Noonan and Emily Hampshire Join the Cast of the Time-Travel Thriller From Universal Cable Productions and Atlas Entertainment
NEW YORK – July 29, 2014 – Syfy’s adventure thriller 12 Monkeys will commence series production August 6 in Toronto, Canada. The season, consisting of 13 episodes, stars Aaron Stanford (as time-traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker).
Syfy also confirms additional casting, inking Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell on Wheels) and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) for recurring roles.
Noonan portrays a mysterious villain who is the face of the enigmatic Army of the 12 Monkeys. Imposing and intelligent, Noonan’s character will be at the center of the conspiracy. A Yale alumnus and former professor, Noonan is known for his edgy roles, most notably as the “Tooth Fairy” serial killer in the popular Michael Mann film, Manhunter. Noonan is represented by Vanguard Management and AKA Talent Agency.
Hampshire will portray Jennifer Goines, a dangerous, unstable mental patient who might have the key to unraveling the mystery of the 12 Monkeys locked away in her head. Canadian actress Hampshire has starred in Cosmopolis and will next be seen in the CBC series Schitt’s Creek alongside Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. Hampshire is represented by Intellectual Artists Management and Creative Drive Artists.
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 served as producer on the original film. Jake Kurily will serve as Atlas’s executive on the series. Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight, V, Heroes) is the executive producer/showrunner and Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Nikita), who co-wrote the pilot, will serve as Co-Executive Producers. Jake Kurily will serve as Atlas’s executive on the series. 12 Monkeys is produced by Atlas Entertainment, with Universal Cable Productions.
Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of Cole (Stanford), a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. The series will explore the themes of fate, destiny, love and the possibility of second chances.
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About Universal Cable Productions:
Universal Cable Productions (UCP) creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across media platforms for domestic and international distribution. UCP’s content library spans classics such as Emmy-award winning, Monk, and cult favorites Psych, Battlestar Galactica and Warehouse 13. UCP’s programming can be seen across various networks, including: Covert Affairs, Dig (fall 2014), Playing House, Royal Pains, Satisfaction and Suits on USA Network; Ascension (fall 2014), Defiance, Dominion, and 12 Monkeys (2015) on Syfy; Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce (fall 2014) on Bravo; Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray; and Side Effects on Awesomeness TV/YouTube. Universal Cable Productions is a part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. Follow us @UCPisTV.
About Atlas Entertainment:
Atlas Entertainment, led by founder Charles Roven, produces blockbuster films as well as critically acclaimed independent features, Atlas Entertainment’s films have generated billions of dollars in revenues. David O. Russell’s American Hustle is in post-production with Atlas Entertainment and will be released on December 13, 2013. Additionally, Atlas Entertainment is in pre-production for the highly anticipated feature film Warcraft from Legendary Pictures which is scheduled to commence in early 2014 and will be directed by Duncan Jones. Roven recently produced the worldwide box office hit, the Zack Snyder directed, Man of Steel and served as a producer on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, which have collectively earned over $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office. Upcoming, Roven will produce the Batman / Superman feature for Warner Bros. The film will also be directed by Zack Snyder with production expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date of July 17, 2015.
12 Monkeys, starring Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Noah Bean and Kirk Acevedo, premieres January, 2015 on Syfy.