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SEASON TWO NEWS
Production is underway in Cape Town, South Africa for the 13-episode second season of Syfy’s supernatural drama series, Dominion. Joining the series’ stellar cast are recurring guest stars Nic Bishop (Covert Affairs), Simon Merrells (Spartacus: War of the Damned), Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day), Olivia Mace (Doctors) and Luke Tyler (Chronicle). Season 2 of Dominion is set to premiere on Syfy in Summer 2015.
The first season of Dominion premiered in June 2014, and was cable’s #1 scripted program among viewers 18-49 and 25-54 in its timeslot (Live +7). Based on characters from the hit theatrical film Legion (2010), Dominion is set in a post-apocalyptic future, 25 years after an army of lower angels waged an epic war against mankind. The series follows the reluctant “Chosen One,” Alex, who must fight to save Vega (what was formerly Las Vegas) from the angels that are hell-bent on destroying humanity.
In Dominion’s second season, humanity continues its struggle against the archangel Gabriel and his army of angels. Alex journeys from Vega to the legendary city of New Delphi, a human enclave with a dark secret, hoping to secure a military alliance with its charismatic leader. Back in Vega, Claire Riesen faces a civil war, pitting her against the disgraced David Whele and his newfound rebel allies. While war rages in the few cities left on earth, Michael stumbles upon a mystery in the form of Mallory, a perfect small town seemingly untouched by mankind’s war with the angels.
NEW SEASON 2 CHARACTERS
Nic Bishop (Covert Affairs) portrays Gates, a brilliant but troubled military genius who helped build Vega into the stronghold it has become.
Simon Merrells (Spartacus: War of the Damned) plays Julian, the cunning and powerful leader of New Delphi. Julian is a cryptic man with motives as questionable as his past and will go to any lengths to protect his city.
Christina Chong (24: Live Another Day) is Zoe, a member of Vega’s Archangel Corps who defected to a rebel faction. Bold, fierce and scrappy, she’s a member of the poorest class that dwells in the city’s dangerous tunnels.
Olivia Mace (Doctors) portrays Laurel, the steadfast leader of the small Southern town of survivors who have inexplicably managed to insulate themselves from the fallout of The Extermination War. Laurel is deeply devout to her religious faith and is unwavering in her resolve.
Luke Tyler (Chronicle) plays Pete, an energetic, bright, dynamic and eternally optimistic teenager who grew up in the apocalypse. He has only ever known a battle-torn world, so he has no memories of the peaceful past.
Returning from Dominion’s first season are stars Christopher Egan (Kings), Tom Wisdom (300), Roxanne McKee (Game of Thrones), Alan Dale (Lost), Anthony Stewart Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Luke Allen-Gale (The Borgias) and Shavani Ghai (EastEnders).
Additionally, Carl Beukes, who has played Archangel Gabriel since the series’ pilot, will be a series regular in the series’ second season.
CHRIS EGAN AND VAUN WILMOTT
Tony Tellado: Thank you. Gentlemen, I’m pretty excited about this series. I just thought with the original movie it kind of lends itself to a series where you could expand on the mythology. Kind of both of you, kind of give us – kind of a walk through as to what this world of Legion now Dominion is, like, 30 years later and certainly, Chris, you can do it from your character’s perspective as well.
Chris Egan: Yes, well, I think – I mean for me, you know, watching Legion and then, you know – I mean for those that are fans of Legion this will be a whole new story and for those that haven’t seen Legion it’s – it really is a whole new world 25 years in the future.The world of Vega and this fortified city and the – you know, the land is desolate apart from these fortified cities. It really is – it’s a completely different spin to the movie. Vaun, take it from there I think?
Vaun Wilmott: Yes, I think that – you know, in terms of what the world is like versus – you know, 25 years in the future, it’s got contemporary aspects, it’s got all the – you know, it’s definitely grounded. It’s definitely a big what if, you know, what if angels appeared in the sky? What if this actually happened what would life – or what could life be like? So it’s not an alternate reality.It is very much based in what could have happened and Vega has a lot of, you know, giant casino hotels that could actually be perfect for housing people if need be. And we use all of that to basically create this new city, this new civilization, built a wall around it as Chris said to protect this from the angels. But it will definitely be a recognizable world in terms of things we know. But it will also have things, I think, that, you know, the what if aspect of the storytelling.
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 Syfy announced 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.
THE DOMINION CAST
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.
Christopher Egan plays “Alex Lannen,” an orphan with both a rebellious and protective streak. Handsome, heroic and fearless, Alex is classified as a “grunt” soldier in Michael’s Archangel Corp but he is destined for more than his lowly classification in Vega’s post-Extermination War society might indicate. Among his long list of film and television credits in the US and Australia, Christopher Egan was the lead in Ryan Murphy’s pilot Pretty Handsome for HBO, and went on to star in the NBC series, Kings. He played the lead opposite Amanda Seyfried in Gary Winnick’s Letters to Juliet for Summit. Most recently, he starred in ABC pilots Poe, Beauty and the Beast, and Gothica. Christopher is represented by WME, Anonymous Content, and lawyer Karl Austen.
Tom Wisdom plays “Michael,” the greatest of the warrior archangels. Scarred by millennia of battle, Michael is stoic, inscrutable and haunted. Instrumental in helping humanity defeat the angels during the Extermination War, Michael is now entrenched in Vega, using his superior supernatural abilities to defend the city’s inhabitants from enemy attacks. Tom Wisdom is a British theater, film and television actor. His feature film credits include 300, Pirate Radio, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants 2 and The Lightkeepers co-starring Richard Dreyfuss. This fall he co-stars as Count Paris in Romeo and Juliet with Hailee Steinfeld, Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. Wisdom also starred in the U.K. television movie Sword of Honour and played a recurring role on the series, Above Suspicion. He is represented by UTA, Emptage Hallett, and Affirmative Entertainment.
Alan Dale plays “Rysen,” the general who led the humans to victory against the angels during the “Extermination War.” Responsibilities weigh heavily upon him as ruler of Vega (once known as Las Vegas), one of four cities left standing after the war. He now finds himself negotiating politics in the heavily militarized city, maintaining calm over its stratified society and keeping a watchful eye on his daughter, Claire. Born and raised in New Zealand, Alan Dale began his acting career in Australia. On American television he has played regular roles on The OC and Ugly Betty, as well as recurring and guest starring roles on Lost, 24, NCIS, Entourage, The Killing, Hot in Cleveland and Once Upon a Time. On the big screen he has appeared in the feature films Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and Star Trek Nemesis. He can also be seen in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the independent film, Grace. Dale was also onstage in London’s West End production of Spamalot. Dale is represented by APA and Management 360.