Syfy has ordered to series a live-action adaptation of the Vault Comics series ‘Vagrant Queen’, co-created by Eisner- and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio, and artist Jason Smith. The TV series was created by Jem Garrard, who will serve as showrunner, and it has been announced that the series will be written and directed 100% by women. The first season of this “fun, violent, snarky, space opera” consists of ten one-hour episodes. Adriyan Rae (‘Light as a Feather’, above) has been cast in the lead.
Vagrant Queen follows Elida from child queen to orphaned outcast, as she scavenges the treacherous corners of the galaxy, always one step ahead of the Republic government out to extinguish her bloodline. When her old friend Isaac shows up claiming her mother Xevelyn is still alive, they head off with their new ally, Amae, to stage a rescue that will take her back into the perilous heart of her former kingdom and up against a deadly foe from her childhood, Commander Lazaro.
The series will be produced by Blue Ice Pictures, and production is slated to begin in July in Cape Town, South Africa. ‘Vagrant Queen’ is expected to debut in 2020.
Adriyan Rae will star in the lead role of Elida, with Tim Rozon as Isaac, and Paul du Toit as “the menacing” Commander Lazaro.
If Rozon’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he stars on another Syfy series, ‘Wynonna Earp’, but that series has halted production due to financial problems on the part of production company IDW Entertainment. To my knowledge, ‘Wynonna Earp’ has not been canceled, so it’s interesting that he has been cast as the lead on another show on the same network, but it is entirely possible that scheduling has been worked out to accommodate both shows.
Rae is currently filming season two of Hulu’s ‘Light as a Feather’. She has also appeared on ‘Atlanta’, ‘Star’, ‘Brockmire’, and ‘American Soul’, as well as the film ‘Superfly’.
As mentioned, Rozon also stars on ‘Wynonna Earp’, which is not currently in production. He also stars on the Canadian series ‘Diggstown’, which is now airing on CBC Television. (So… THREE series? At the same time?) Before that he starred on the comedy ‘Schitt’s Creek’, ‘Being Human’, and ‘Lost Girl’.
Paul du Toit is a native of South Africa, so most of his work has been in local projects. He did appear in the US direct-to-video movie ‘Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell’, and in bit parts on the TV series ‘Black Sails’, and in the film ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure’.
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