News/Info on SHIELD, ANT-MAN and 2 New Syfy Shows

by on August 22, 2014

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Check out this collective of news info about a 12 Monkeys TV series from Syfy, Agents of SHIELD, Ant-Man, and another new show from Syfy, Ascension.

12 Monkeys

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Just in case you did not know, Syfy is doing an adaptation TV series of the movie by the same name.  And joining the cast, is Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) and Tom Noonan (Hell On Wheels).

There seems to be high hopes for the series.

Check out the press release:

“Syfy’s adventure thriller, 12 Monkeys will commence series production August 6 in Toronto, Canada. The season, consisting of 13 episodes, stars Aaron Stanford (as time-traveler Cole), Amanda Schull (Dr. Cassandra Railly), Kirk Acevedo (Ramse) and Noah Bean (Aaron Marker).

Syfy also confirms additional casting, inking Tom Noonan (Damages, Hell on Wheels) and Emily Hampshire (Rookie Blue) for recurring roles.

Noonan portrays a mysterious villain who is the face of the enigmatic Army of the 12 Monkeys. Imposing and intelligent, Noonan’s character will be at the center of the conspiracy. A Yale alumnus and former professor, Noonan is known for his edgy roles, most notably as the “Tooth Fairy” serial killer in the popular Michael Mann film, Manhunter. Noonan is represented by Vanguard Management and AKA Talent Agency.

Hampshire will portray Jennifer Goines, a dangerous, unstable mental patient who might have the key to unraveling the mystery of the 12 Monkeys locked away in her head. Canadian actress Hampshire has starred in Cosmpolis and will next be seen in the CBC series Schitt’s Creek alongside Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara. Hampshire is represented by Intellectual Artists Management and Creative Drive Artists.

Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven (American Hustle, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Richard Suckle (American Hustle, The International), will executive produce. Roven served as producer on the original film. Jake Kurily will serve as Atlas’s executive on the series. Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight, V, Heroes) is the executive producer/showrunner and Terry Matalas & Travis Fickett (Nikita), who co-wrote the pilot, will serve as Co-Executive Producers. Jake Kurily will serve as Atlas’s executive on the series. 12 Monkeys is produced by Atlas Entertainment, with Universal Cable Productions.

Inspired by the classic blockbuster film, 12 Monkeys explores the provocative story of Cole (Stanford), a time traveler from a decimated future in a high-stakes race against the clock. Utilizing a dangerous and untested method of time travel, he journeys from 2043 to the present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will all but annihilate the human race. The series will explore the themes of fate, destiny, love and the possibility of second chances.”

Agents of SHIELD

Word is that Adrian Pasdar’s Glenn Talbot will be returning, as well a guest appearance by Kyle MacLachlan as “The Doctor.”

Ant-Man

If anyone is familiar with the comic lore of Ant-Man, you know that Janet Van Dyne, Hank Pym’s wife, has a rather sordid existence as Hank’s wife.  But with the movie version, there’s a possibility that, via a little clip of a press release, that she might be dead in the time frame of the movie. I’m not sure.

This is one way to skip the issues of spouse abuse in the Disney family hierarchy, to just smite her via an accident.  Or, as some suggest, maybe not, but she’ll pop up in some other form in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This is Michael Douglas explaining his character, Hank Pym:

“I’m f–king melting. I’m f–king melting. All right, here we go. Let’s try to make this as concise as possible. My name is Dr. Henry Pym. I’m an entomologist. I’m also a physicist and I discovered in 1963, a way, a serum to reduce a human being to the size of ant maintaining the strength. Not only that, but I was able to find a way to communicate with the ants. But unfortunately during this process, a tragic personal accident happened with my wife, my daughter, Evangeline, Hope. So I’ve had to pass my powers and strengths onto a mentor. Because my partner, my partner, Corey over there, f–ked me good.”

Or this could just mean she’s already left Hank due to the tragedy that he speaks of, happening to his daughter.

We’ll see.

There’s a pretty good read over at insidemovies.ew.com .

Ascension

Ascension will be a six-hour series from Syfy in a story about a century-long covert mission that was sent up by the Kennedy administration in 1963 to populate a new world with humanity.  But 50 years into the trip, a murder causes the crew to question the actual mission they’ve been told they’re on.

We should see the series air in November 2014.

The cast includes the following, though I’m not sure of the recurring nature of some of them:

  • Tricia Helfer
  • Gil Bellows
  • Ryan Robbins
  • Brian Van Holt
  • Andrea Roth
  • Brad Carter
  • Al Sapienza
  • Cynthia Preston
  • Elias Toufexis

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