TVLine has learned exclusively that Die Hard franchise alum William Atherton will fill the role of E-Rep official Viceroy Mercado aka Major Pottinger’s commanding officer. Described as ruthless, sarcastic and fond of peppering his sentences with “old Earth” references, Mercado is harboring a dark secret that would shock both his colleagues and the people of Defiance.
Also boarding the show’s sophomore run is Anna Hopkins as Jessica “Berlin” Rai, a soldier and documentarian who makes propaganda films that shine a positive light on E-Rep’s occupation of Defiance. Watch for this tough, fearless lass to form the center of a passionate love triangle.
Atherton’s more recent TV credits include guest gigs on Workaholics, Castle and The Glades, while Hopkins appeared in a February episode of Nikita.
When Defiance opens Season 2 in June 2014, E-Rep has assumed control of the titular town with far-reaching consequences — including a new mayor — while Nolan is traversing the badlands to find Irisa, Amanda assumes an unexpected role as she searches for Kenya and the Tarr family desperately tries to keep control of their criminal empire.
British actor James Murray, whose TV credits include Primeval, Kröd Mändoon and the Flaming Sword of Fire (as Ralph Longshaft) and CBS’ short-lived Chaos, is joining Syfy’s Defiance in the new series regular role of Niles Pottinger, Deadline reports.
Hailing from the UK (which was devastated during the Pale Wars), Niles is appointed Defiance’s provisional mayor by E-Rep — probably because Datak has either gone on the lam after killing the military conglom’s Colonel Marsh, or because he gets caught.
Niles is described as a man who has transcended his working class roots to appreciate the finer things in life — all while exhibiting a rock star’s charisma. And the next “finer thing” he obsessively sets his sights on is none other than ex-mayor Amanda (played by Julie Benz). Smart man.
Defiance is set to launch its 13-episode sophomore run in June 2014.
Syfy is booking a longer stay in Defiance.
The sci-fi drama, which is the first TV series to ever launch simultaneously with a video game, was renewed for a second season, Syfy officially announced on Friday.
Production on season two, which will be 13 episodes, is set to begin in Toronto in August, with Syfy looking at a 2014 premiere.
The Grant Bowler and Julie Benz-led action drama debuted on April 15 to the second largest 18-49 demo audience rating in Syfy’s history.
“Bringing the rich world of Defiance to life has been an incredible team effort. We couldn’t ask for better partners than Kevin Murphy, his amazing cast and crew, and Trion Worlds,” Mark Stern, President of Original Content for Syfy and Co-Head of Original Content for UCP, said in statement. “We can’t wait to see where they take us in the second season.”
Slated to return for season two are showrunner Kevin Murphy and executive producers Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin.
Do you long for the days when Syfy (then SciFi and with 100-percent fewer cooking shows) was full of programs about spaceship battles and PEW PEW lasers and struggling actors with huge prosthetics on their faces? Hardcore science-fiction returns to the network this spring with Defiance, a green-screen bonanza with a video-game tie-in.
And now it has a premiere date. The previously nebulous debut of “April 2013″ has been narrowed down to Monday, April 15 at 9pm, and the 12-episode first season will launch with a two-hour premiere episode, SyFy announced today.
Defiance, stars Grant Bowler (the Dick in Liz & Dick) and Julie Benz (Dexter) and is set in the near future, when a collective of seven alien races in search of a new home tries to move into Earth. Naturally humans aren’t too keen on the idea, and the new planet mates have difficulty living together peacefully. The show is one prong of a two-headed project; a massively multiplayer online role-playing game will also be released in April with a story that ties in and compliments what happens on screen.
Trailer? You bet: