Robert Carlyle gets ‘Stargate Universe’ Lead
Stargate Universe will be headed by Robert Carlyle (24: Redemption) according to The Hollywood Reporter. The spin-off of Stargate will begin production in February with Sci Fi Channel planning to air the series over the summer. A 20-episode order is anticipated including the two-hour opener.
With Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis now complete, the cable channel has commissioned this third series in the franchise aiming it at younger watchers while at the same time describing it as both darker and edgier. Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, who have worked on the other series, will write and executive produce the new series.
The new series is described as following “a group of soldiers, scientists and civilians left to fend for themselves when forced through a Stargate after their hidden base comes under attack. The survivors, who emerge aboard an ancient ship missing in the far reaches of space, are led by Dr. David Rush (Carlyle), who works to unlock the ship’s mysteries and return the group home but also might have ulterior motives.”
"Robert Carlyle brings a depth, intelligence and complexity to his roles, which will fit perfectly with the fresh, new reinvention of this franchise," Sci Fi original-programming chief Mark Stern said. The remainder of the cast will be made up of largely unnown talent.