Syfy had recently announced that it would be bringing ’12 Monkeys‘ to the small screen as an ongoing series in their search for new original content. After the initial announcement, we didn’t hear much happening on the project. Now, however, Syfy has announced not only a showrunner been named but so has 2 of the leads for the show!
First up, the two leads. On will be going to Aaron Stanford (‘X-Men: The Last Stand’) who will be playing the role of the lost time traveler Cole that was originally portrayed by Bruce Willis (‘G.I. Joe: Retaliation’, ‘Looper’). Amanda Schull (‘Suits’) will be playing Cassandra Railly, a brilliant young doctor who is stuck treating Cole and eventually starts to believe his story. This one is a slight name change as in the original film it was Madeleine Stowe (‘Revenge’) that was playing the same role but her name was Kathryn Railly. There is no word yet on who will be taking on the role of Brad Pitt’s (‘World War Z’) Jeffrey Goines, the charasmatic leader of the Army of the Twelve Monkeys. Of course, that’s a role that won’t be required to immediately be cast.
For going forward on the creation side of the show it looks as if Natalie Chaidez (‘V’, ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’, ‘Heroes‘) has been tapped as showrunner with Jeffrey Reiner (‘Awake’, ‘The Event’, ‘Caprica’) on board to both direct and executive produce. These two have a lot of experience in both science fiction and drama so could be the perfect fair to bring this concept to the small screen.
The pilot for the show will be an hour long andproduction is set to begin later this month. Syfy is clearly betting big with its original content developing new shows such as ‘Helix‘, ‘Bitten‘, and a slew of others. They’ve been bringing a fresh stream of new reality and fictional stories to the network to see what works and what isn’t as seen with the cancellation of low rating shows such as ‘Alphas‘ and shows and keeping those that are working such as ‘Defiance‘.
Do you think they’ve picked a good choice for Cole and the good doctor that will be treating him? Share your thoughts below!
Source: The Hollywood Reporter