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Casting 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 8th 2011 11:00AM
Edward James OlmosCasting the role of a young William Adama is no easy task, so let's help Syfy out. The casting notices for the new 'Battlestar Galactica' prequel series, 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome' has gone out and there are three main characters in need of actors.

Besides the 20-something, cocky, yet inexperienced Adama, TV Guide reports the series is casting one male and one female lead. It's the 10th year of the Cylon war and Adama's risky behavior leads to conflict with Electronic Countermeasures Officer, Coker Fasjovik.

Coker Fasjovik is in his late 20s/mid-30s and "is weary after a long mission serving on Adama's first ship, a less-than-impressive Raptor called the Weasel."

The female lead, Beka, appears to have a nefarious plan; Coker Fasjovik suspects her, but Adama is on her side.

So, who can tackle these roles? Let's dish.

David HenrieYoung Adama
For young Adama, the actor needs to be able to pull off cocky and overzealous, but still command respect. Edward James Olmos' son, Bodie, certainly has the looks down, but 'BSG' fans know him too well as Hot Dog. Other picks:
• Nico Cortez (Young Adama in flashbacks in 'Battlestar Galactica: Razor')
• David Henrie ('Witches of Waverly Place,' left)
• Matt Long ('Mad Men' and 'Jack & Bobby')
• Michael Peña ('Eastbound & Down')

David AndersCoker Fasjovik
For the more experienced and cynical offer, how about:
• Brian Austin Green ('Beverly Hills, 90210')
• Jason Dohring ('Veronica Mars')
• David Anders ('Alias' and 'Heroes,' left)

Felicia DayBeka
The description for Beka is a bit ambiguous, so casting could be wide open. Our picks:
• Katie Cassidy ('Supernatural)
• Dichen Lachman ('Dollhouse')
• Felicia Day (Our dreams 'The Guild,' left)

Tell us: Who do you want to see cast in these three roles?

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Felicia Day would have been perfect, but then again I think she’d be perfect for just about any role. I’m definitely looking forward to this. After Caprica I’m very excited for the BSG franchise to get back to something more action oriented. This is also going to be the first of the Battlestar Galactica series that I get to watch in HD from the very beginning, which is very exciting to me since anything with special effects really benefits from the added clarity. Working for DISH Network I know it’s a great time to upgrade too, not only are the prices of HD TV’s getting very reasonable but DISH is offering HD free for life. It’s definitely a win/win.

March 22 2011 at 1:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Wayne Hurlburt

All this new information on Blood and Chrome is definitely appealing to those who are only vaguely familiar with BSG’s history and time line aspects. This show is only set to attract new people into the BSG franchise, and this is its primary purpose and secondarily to attract the already set fan base. They will use BSG/Caprica for basic history and character knowledge, but will not be staying true to the actual set history, of either.

The continuity issues are plenty and will eventually take such a turn that it will make both BSG and Caprica irrelevant to any of what it will contain, if it becomes a series. To read more on the continuity aspect as well as what David Eick has already stated about Blood and Chrome’s primary purpose. Also contained in this article is located a link to a much more indepth review on B&C (along with Star Trek’s reboot team, leading its new action format), by someone who has actually read the script, as well as a link to details as to why B&C was even created. Check out this site, to find out more:
http ://www.thoughts.com/CapricaNeedsSeason2/bsgs-continuity-and-what- actually-effects-it-with-caprica-and-blood-chrome

February 13 2011 at 9:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amber Shell

My choices: Nico Cortez is the obvious choice and since only a Latino can play Adama, Michael Peña would be the runner-up. Brian Austin Green would rock the show as Fasjovik just as he did in the Sarah Conner Chronicles. A dark haired Dichen Lachman would remind us of the bond between Adama and Sharon.

January 13 2011 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Aaron, Caprica was interesting, but i know just what you mean. From everything I have read, and from understanding the timeline and circumstanses surrounding this new series, it sounds like it is gonna be Star Wars on Crack. With one exception- if Ronald D Moore is at the helm again, there will be massive space battles, and they will FRAKKING ROCK.

January 09 2011 at 9:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Nico Cortez for two reasons- 1) He already has some experience playing the role (although VERY little) but 2): In true casting of a role, the appearance of the other actors older or younger needs to be taken into consideration, and Nico Cortez bears some similarities to Edward James Olmos, gritty looking features, similar jaw lines, etc. That kid portrayed above for the role? What the Frak.

January 09 2011 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Please just leave out all the religious b/s and go for action! I had high hopes for Caprica and was totally let down by the all the talk of god(s). I wanted to see the birth of the Cylons, not the beginning of religious strife.

January 09 2011 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Wayne Hurlburt

For starters, you apparently never watched BSG, with any regard of what cylons were. The main majority of people in the BSG series all believed i the multi God scenario , except the cylons. Why would this have been? Since people made them? That was who the cylons were, they believed in a one and only God. This had to be shown, in order to tell of their creation. They had to establish two factions, to establish where this one God scenario would fit into a world that believed in several different Gods. I love the fact that people want to see histor and background and yet when it is shown they complain and say I didn't want to see that. I guess you need to actually of had knowledge of what the cylons were about, to be with to understand what the process would be in creating them.

Syfy is going way aver board on trying to create a viable show out of nothing. Adama would only be 16 at the time of the start of Blood and Chrome, and probably only in the academy, at this time, not assigned to any military missions. When the series (BSG) ended Adama was only 62. He was born 58 years before the Second Cylon War, making him 58 when the original BSG Re-Imaged series started. This also makes him only 18 years old at the last day of the war, which is 40 years before the start of the Second Cylon War. (58-40=18) Now Blood and Chrome takes place 2 years prior to this, during the 10th year of the First Cylon War, making Adama only 16 years old, not in his early to mid 20's? It is simple mathmatics, not rocket science. Also he only had one mission that he actually had any combat with the cylons and this was done on the last day of the First Cylon War (Razor Flashbacks). He stated himself prior to launching in his viper, that he has not yet had a chance to combat any cylons and this was on the last day of the First Cylon War.

Syfy is also trying to rewrite BSG history. The cylons never had anything biological, in part or in full survive and live on its own. The closest they ever came to this was the hybrid and this needed to be plugged in to a power source to work and did not do anything on it own. Yet Syfy's newest Concept Art shows a Cylon Snake (with biological parts)? Also a half human half cylon cyborg?? Along with their new style cylon centurian, that doesn't even come close to anything previously shown or done in any BSG series/show. It actually looks more like something from Preditor or Aliens movies.

Syfy is going to ruin everything that maes BSG what it is, just to create something totally against BSG.

January 16 2011 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Wayne Hurlburt

My 'K' button is glitched, it should read ....everything that makes BSG what it is.... Also it is one thing to accidentally have something contradict history of a series and these things happen, but to purposely create something that purposely contradicts it, is simply not acceptable. This can be avoided and should be, when ever possible.

Syfy purposely killed Caprica to bring forth Blood and Chrome, and look at the measures Syfy has to take to make this a viable show/series, they have to actually change and rewrite BSG history to pull it off??? AT least stick to the known facts.

January 16 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

Thanks bsgfan2003...funny seeing you on a different forum lol They should also try and get James Callis, playing a different character, since Baltar wouldn't have been born. Perhaps his father who turns out to be more than the young Baltar ever knew. And the final five. They don't simply make their way to Caprica. They stop off at the Algae planet first, rediscover the temple built by their 13th tribe ancestors, and program it to show whoever steps onto the circle the identity of the final five, and at the same time, Sam Anders is probably still being guided by a head character, which would be an opportunity to explain who and what the head characters are. What BSG absolutely needs though, is a showrunner that has a strong vision about where the series is going, and it needs Syfy to appreciate that Ron Moore's BSG universe is like Blade Runner, a masterpiece of the genre that will last for a very long time.

January 09 2011 at 2:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Why should we care? Syfy will screw this up anyways...

January 08 2011 at 8:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BSG Blood and Chrome could tell the story of what happened to the Graystones using flashbacks, when not focussing on the cylon war at hand. Would the cylons necessarily go after the Graystones, if Zoe had finally made her peace with them, and the centurions all seem to have traces of Zoe's consciousness in them? Then again, there is the big question of what happens to Zoe. And what happens to Tamra? And where did the significant eight come from? Were they human to begin with, then v-world avatars, then given skin-job bodies (later to be given synthetic DNA cylon bodies by the final five)? In BSG, when Leoben tells Roslin that Adama is a cylon, seemingly just fracking with her head, it turns out to be a half truth, given that we now know Adama's half sister Tamra was one of the original v-world cylons, and if the Graystones created a skin-job body for Zoe, there was nothing stopping them doing the same for Tamra. As for Sam Adama, he's a hit man, and Tauron mobster, but expressed a lot of interest in joining the Tauron resistence, which could easily lead him to eventually join the Capricans in the war against the cylons. If Samuel Anders, pyramid player / final five cylon could also become a resistence fighter, the same could be of Sam Adama, Tauron gangster, uncle of a cylon. Anyway, it's in the hands of the BSG writers now :)

January 08 2011 at 6:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Wayne Hurlburt

Everything here seems doable except for Samuel Anders. He was one of the Final Five and they didn't reach Caprica until the end of the First Cylon War. It was their interaction that actually ended the First Cylon War. They offered the cylons sinned bodies and resurrection technology to stop the war with the humans. Then they helped the cylons build and create all the cylon models (sin bodied). It was actually Samuel Anders that stated all this after he had been shot in the back of the head/neck area in the BSG series. Also stating that the cylons had never been able to achieve any success why their biological experiments that could survive on their own behalf.

They only way the Final Five actually made it to Caprica, after the First War was when number 1 (Cavil) purposely sufficated all five of the Final Five and removed their memories, then placed them one by one into society to teach them a lesson about humanity.

January 16 2011 at 1:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Wayne Hurlburt

My 'K' button had a glitch...lol. it should state 'skinned' bodies above, not sinned bodies...lol

January 16 2011 at 1:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

Nico Cortez ALL THE WAY!! I don't understand why they wouldn't go with him. It's a big task and RAZOR made it easy. RDM and Taylor in the commentary go on about what a "great piece of casting" Nico was. Seems like a no brainer to me. Must be some suit who wants to get some Abercrombie & Fitch guy in there.

January 08 2011 at 6:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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