On Friday January 16th 2015 we’ll see the premiere of Syfy’s take on ‘12 Monkeys‘ and we’ve got not only some new details but some promotional shots to share with you today from the show. We’ve been watching the cast be built up over the last year and are now finally getting some plot teasers that are long overdue.
It would seem that the release of the series is also set to coincide with the fact that next year the film commemorates its 20th anniversary. Timing is everything when we’re talking about a film and television show that deals with time travel.
Much like the movie, the plot involves a man from the future, 2043 to be specific, travel back in time to find the source of a plague that decimates humanity. Only in this version, it seems like he might be here to not only find the source but eradicate it as well.
The series stars Aaron Stanford (as time-traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse), Barbara Sukowa (Jones) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker). Additional key recurring roles include Tom Noonan (‘Damages,’ ‘Hell on Wheels’) as a mysterious villain and Emily Hampshire (‘Rookie Blue’) as mental patient Jennifer Goines.
It’s a show that could do very well at standing on its own merit as, according to early reports, they are delving away from the source material rather quickly. However, having the stigma of being a reboot of such a beloved film in science fiction circles, I think that it will have big shoes to fill and I don’t think many of us have hopes it can do quite that. I would love for Syfy to prove me wrong so that we have more quality science fiction on television but I’m not going to be holding my breath on this one quite yet.
12 Monkeys, a drama based on the 1995 Universal Pictures film directed by Terry Gilliam, is coming to Syfy in January 2015 and follows the journey of a time traveler (Stanford) 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.
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