SYFY ROUNDS OUT CAST FOR DOMINION PILOT
ANTHONY STEWART HEAD IS “DAVID WEEL,” ROXANNE MCKEE TO PLAY “CLAIRE RYSEN,” LUKE ALLEN-GALE IS “WILLIAM WEEL,” AND SHIVANI GHAI GUEST STARS AS “ARIKA” IN SUPERNATURAL SERIES PILOT PRODUCED BY UNIVERSAL CABLE PRODUCTIONS
NEW YORK – September 24, 2013 – Syfy announces additional casting for its upcoming supernatural drama pilot, Dominion with the signings of Anthony Stewart Head, Roxanne McKee, Luke Allen-Gale and guest star Shivani Ghai. Produced by Universal Cable Productions, the pilot is set to begin shooting this month in Cape Town, South Africa.
Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years after the events of the movie and picking up in the aftermath of a catastrophic war between an army of angels and mankind that has transformed the world. The series follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity, set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth.
Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed Legion, is back to direct the pilot, and is one of the project’s Executive Producers. Michel Litvak and David Lancaster of Bold Films, who produced the film Legion, are also Executive Producers. Vaun Wilmott wrote the pilot and is Co-Executive Producer.
Anthony Stewart Head plays “David Weel,” the power hungry president of the Senate of Vega (formerly Las Vegas) who is frequently at odds with General Rysen, the city’s military leader. David is willing to do whatever he believes is right to protect the city and his position leading it.
Anthony Stewart Head’s lengthy television career has encompassed iconic starring roles in worldwide hit series including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin, Little Britain, Manchild and Free Agents. Head has also guest starred on numerous series including Highlander, Doctor Who, NYPD Blue, Spooks and, most recently on Syfy’s Warehouse 13. His feature film roles include The Iron Lady, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Repo! The Genetic Opera and Imagine Me & You. Head’s various West End stage credits include Six Degrees of Separation for the Old Vic and the London revival of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He is represented by Donna French of Gordon & French.
Roxanne McKee plays “Claire Rysen,” the closest thing that Vega has to a princess. As the daughter of General Rysen – the man who led humans to victory against the angels during the Extermination War – she is a member of the highest class in Vega’s stratified society. Claire is also strong-willed and much tougher than she seems.
Roxanne McKee was born in Canada but brought up in England. She completed a BA degree in Politics at the University of London before being cast from an open casting for the popular British series Hollyoaks in which she played Louise Summers. Her career since has included roles in the series Lip Service for the BBC and the feature films Ironclad: Battle for Blood and Fox's Wrong Turn 5. She is perhaps best known for playing Doreah in Game of Thrones for HBO based on the best-selling novels by George RR Martin. Roxanne will also appear in the upcoming feature, Hercules 3D. She is represented by Curtis Brown, Insight Entertainment and ICM.
Luke Allen-Gale plays “William Weel,” the scion of Vega’s other powerful ruling family. Unlike his cunning politician father David, William is a man of the people and Head of the Church of the Savior.
Trained at The Drama Centre London, Luke Allen-Gale made his acting debut in 2008 on Wallander. Best known for his UK starring roles as Dr. Springer in Monroe and the Channel 4 miniseries The Promise, Allen-Gale recently had a recurring role in The Borgias in the US. He has guest starred on popular TV series including Ripper Street, Endeavour, Death in Paradise and Midsomer Murders. Allen-Gale was also onstage in London’s West End production of The American Plan and can be seen in the feature films Captain America and Undead Union. He is represented by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin UK.
Shivani Ghai plays “Arika,” a lead diplomat sent from Helena, a mysterious and militant matriarchal society in what was once Salt Lake City, which maintains a tenuous peace with Vega.
Shivani Ghai established herself in Gurinda Chadha’s romantic musical Bride & Prejudice. She appeared on American television in HBO’s Five Days and House of Saddam, and hit mini-series The Bible for History. On film she’s also appeared in the features Cleanskin opposite Sean Bean and Everywhere and Nowhere directed by Menhaj Huda. She will star as a regular in the up and coming Ambassadors, the new Mitchell & Webb series for BBC, and had guest appearances and recurring roles on the British television series Sinchronicity, Identity and EastEnders as well as Italian television’s Un Medico in famiglia. Ghai is represented in London by agent Gavin Denton-Jones of Creative Artists Management and in Los Angeles by agent Steven Jang of SDB Partners and manager Tim Taylor of Luber Roklin.
About Bold Films
Bold Films is an independent production and film finance company dedicated to providing an artistic haven for filmmakers. The company recently wrapped its third production with Academy Award®-nominated actor Ryan Gosling on HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER. The film, which marks Gosling's debut as writer and director, stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn and Eva Mendes.
Current recent releases include ONLY GOD FORGIVES, directed by Nicolas Refn and starring Ryan Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas and EVIDENCE, starring Stephen Moyer, Radha Mitchell, Torrey DeVitto and Caitlin Stasey. Bold also produced the award-winning film DRIVE.
In October, the company will begin production on NIGHTCRAWLER, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo. Dan Gilroy wrote the script and is directing the film. Bold just started production on WHIPLASH, the next feature from emerging writer-director Damien Chazelle. Bold will finance the film and will produce alongside Blumhouse Productions and Right of Way Films. Bold recently announced that the company is financing and producing THE COUP, starring Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan. The action thriller was written by Drew Dowdle and John Erick Dowdle and will be directed by John Erick Dowdle.
Bold is in pre-production on THE BLACK BOX, a 13-episode drama scheduled to air on the ABC Television Network.
About Universal Cable Productions
Universal Cable Productions creates innovative and critically acclaimed original scripted and digital content across multiple media platforms and outlets for domestic and international distribution. UCP produces “Covert Affairs,” “Playing House,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains” and “Suits” for USA; “Defiance,” and “Warehouse 13” for Syfy and “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” for distribution on Machinima Prime/YouTube, Syfy and DVD/Blu-Ray. Universal Cable Productions is a division of NBCUniversal.
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