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'Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome' Casts Key Young Adama Role

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jan 26th 2011 4:15PM
Luke Pasqualino, Young Adama, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and ChromeWilliam Adama has been reborn.

The iconic commander of the 'Battlestar Galactica' fleet, who was played by Edward James Olmos in the Syfy series of the same name, will be played in the upcoming 'Blood and Chrome' prequel by Luke Pasqualino from the U.K. version of 'Skins,' according to EW.

'Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome,' a backdoor pilot for a possible young Adama series, chronicles the character's entry into the ongoing Cylon War. 'Husker' Adama is itching to get in the fight, but in 'Blood and Chrome,' he'll be paired with Coker, an officer who has served on the front lines and wants nothing more than to be done with fighting. Coker will be played by Ben Cotton, EW reports.

As I reported in this October story about 'Blood and Chrome,' the pilot, which was written by 'BSG' writer Michael Taylor, will go into production this year, but it's not clear if it will air in 2011 or in early 2012.

"This is very much an action-adventure, war series," Syfy's president of programming, Mark Stern, said then. "This is definitely dealing with people who are fighting the fight ... As you hope 'Battlestar' would do, it kind of comments on that process a little bit... but not in a preachy way, not in an issues-oriented way, not in a hitting-you-over-the-head way. Really, the fabric and the canvas of the series are people in the fight and what they grapple with when it comes to each other and what they grapple with when it comes to the enemy they're fighting."

According to the Syfy site Blastr, young Adama is "a recent Academy graduate who finds himself assigned to the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with Coker (Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 45 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet."


Update on Thursday, Jan. 27: I just received the official press release about the casting from Syfy. Here it is:

"Syfy has announced that Luke Pasqualino (Skins - UK) and Ben Cotton (Hellcats, Riese) have been cast in Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, the highly anticipated 2-hour pilot. The all-new chapter in the Battlestar saga unfolds in the thick of the 10th year of the first Cylon war, as the battle between humans and a sentient robot race rages across the 12 colonial worlds.

"Pasqualino will star as the young, talented fighter pilot William Adama, a recent Academy graduate who finds himself assigned to the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and in pursuit of the intense action that the Cylon war promises, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with Coker (Cotton), the battle-weary officer to whom he reports. With 45 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle just as much as Adama craves the start of it. Though they clash at first, the two men forge an unlikely bond when a routine mission turns dangerous and becomes a pivotal one for the desperate fleet.

"From the award-winning producers of Battlestar Galactica, this new action-packed chapter of the BSG canon was written by Michael Taylor from a story by David Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle. David Eick will serve as executive producer. Universal Cable Productions will produce the 2-hour pilot with Syfy, utilizing cutting edge CGI and virtual technology."

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Wayne Hurlburt

Hope they plan on explaining how William Adama is suppose to be in his early 20′s for the start of B&C, when in reality he can only be 16…lol. He was born 58 years before the second cylon war, making him 58 years old at the start of the BSG series. So how could he be in his twenties 42 years before the second cylon war? 58 minus 42 equals 16 in my book. Syfy must be using some new math technique….lol.

Wilaim Adama was only 62 at the end of BSG and the histories time line for that series was 4 years, so this even makes him 58 at the start of the BSG series. I guess they they figure they can change BSG history and background to suit whatever they want. Just like the Razor Falshback featurettes actually have William Adama stating he hasn’t had a chance to get a shot at any cylons yet, as well as stating he hasn’t flown in combat before, on the last day of the cylon war.

More on William Adama’s actual combat experience:
http://www.thoughts.com/CapricaNeedsSeason2/how-much-combat-experience-did-william-adama-actually-have-in-the-first-cylon-war

The actual Razor featurette video (titled ‘Day 4571′), which is the last day of the first cylon war, showing Adama stating these facts, on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2smap6oJOU

More on Blood and Chrome:
http://www.thoughts.com/CapricaNeedsSeason2/blood-and-chrome-justs-keeps-getting-worse-and-is-only-going-to-ruin-bsg-all-together

January 28 2011 at 11:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Katja

Well, let's just see how this goes. Seems to me they failed with the drama (Caprica) so they're going for something more like the first success (BSG). Just even more action. Let's just say my hopes aren't too high.

January 27 2011 at 11:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Julia Mathias

I totally disagree with MidnightSnack, I always thought that Luke was one of the weak liks in the second generation skins cast. Sure his character was not very well written, but he did nothing to go beyond the bad writing. I could be wrong, of course, but I don't think he's a very good fit to play young Adama.

January 27 2011 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David P. Graf

Caprica was too slow paced in my opinion but still insightful. I would consider it the DS9 of the BSG universe. Since the original BSG was not an action-adventure show, I don't know how many of them will follow the B&C spinoff. However, the crowd that goes for Smackdown may find it appealing. Different strokes for different folks.

January 26 2011 at 11:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Max Bell

While I have no dearth of faith in Micheal Taylor, David Weddle or Bradley Thompson, all of whom arguably raise the bar for screenwriting no matter what they do, the decision not to cast Nico Cortez as Adama disturbs me a bit. A lot of people loved him in the role, he made public his availability, and yet nothing was ever said to that end. I asked Craig Engler if there was any explanation of this, but there was no reply (hopefully he's not still sore we sent his boss all those apples :).

January 26 2011 at 4:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MidnightSnack

This is a good casting, Luke Pasqualino was one of the few bright spots (save the last episode of series 4) of the UK Skins 2nd generation cast. I wonder if they are going to put blue contacts in eyes... smh...

January 26 2011 at 4:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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