Back in April we got the first word on a new series heading to Syfy, a “space opera” entitled “The Expanse.” Now we know who the lead actor is going to be, and it’s someone most genre fans know and love.
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV are pleased to announce that three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane (“Hung,” The Punisher, The Mist) will star as the world-weary Detective Miller, a native of â€œthe Asteroid Beltâ€ between Mars and Jupiter, in “The Expanse.”
The new 10-episode space opera based on James S. A. Corey’s international best-selling book series will premiere on Syfy in 2015.
Jane’s Miller is a detective for a corporate security force operating as the law in The Belt. Ragged, in search of something even he canâ€™t identify, Miller remains a dedicated cop with great instincts who discovers a newfound sense of purpose when heâ€™s put in charge of the investigation into a missing heiress.
“The Expanse” is a thriller set two hundred years in the future. The series follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective (Jane) and a rogue shipâ€™s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.
In making the announcement, Bill McGoldrick, Executive Vice President, Original Content, Syfy, said: â€œThomas Jane is exactly the type of high caliber actor we hoped this project would attract. The intelligence and nuance he brings to every performance is perfect for the role of Miller.â€
Said Sharon Hall, President, Alcon Television: â€œWe knew this material would attract highly skilled actors and could not be happier about having Thomas Jane on board.â€
The Academy Award-nominated screenwriting duo Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Alfonso Cuaronâ€™s Children of Men, Iron Man) wrote the pilot and will continue to serve as writers as well as executive producers. Fergus and Ostby are showrunners alongside fellow executive producer Naren Shankar (“CSI,” “Farscape”).
“The Expanse” is produced by Alcon Television Group (ATG), a division of Alcon Entertainment, and marks the companyâ€™s first series order. Alcon co-founders and co-CEOâ€™s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson will serve as executive producers with Hall. Alcon Television executive Ben Roberts will serve as co-producer. Ben Cook will serve as producer. Sean Daniel (“Graceland,” The Mummy) and Jason Brown of the Sean Daniel Company developed the original pitch with Fergus and Ostby and will also executive produce.
Developed with the Sean Daniel Company as a direct-to-series project, Alcon is financing and executive producing the hour-long, 10-episode series, which is based on the popular New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as The Expanse, written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). Abraham and Franck will be show producers.
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