Fans are still rooting for Nico Cortez to reprise his role as a young William Adama in the upcoming “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome” pilot. No one knows if he’ll get the role, as that decision is up to Syfy, but word is out now on exactly what kind of characters executive producer David Eick is looking for.
Adama is planned as a Tom Cruise-like character — not jumping on Oprah’s couch Tom Cruise, but more the “Top Gun” Tom Cruise — who is a bit battle weary in Year 10 of the first Cylon war, according to TV Guide. Adama — who would go on to command the Battlestar Galactica in “Battlestar Galactica” right now is just a rookie pilot, similar to Cortez’s version of Adama in the BSG telemovie “Razor.”
The Adama character really needs to explanation, no matter what the timeline is. What is interesting are the other characters that reporter William Keck revealed.
Coker Fasjovik won’t be a big fan of Adama. The character, who will have the title of electronic countermeasures officer on the Galactica, who served with Adama on a “less-than-impressive” Raptor known as the Weasel. According to Keck, Fasjovik is heading home after spending a little more than a month at war. However, what’s supposed to be his final mission ends up being the most dangerous (and probably won’t be the last, either).
Both have to work closely with a young female officer named Beka. While Adama seems to be fine with Beka, Fasjovik knows better, because Beka can’t be trusted at all.
Casting is now underway for the show that is serving as a backdoor pilot for Syfy. It is expected to be somewhat similar to flashback scenes used in the “Razor” telemovie, although reports are surfacing that unlike its two predecessors — “Battlestar Galactica” and “Caprica” — the show will be more procedural and less serialized.
This is following the failure of both “Caprica” and “Stargate: Universe” on Syfy, both designed as highly serialized programs compared to more standalone episode shows like “Warehouse 13” and “Eureka,” which remain Syfy’s top-rated dramas.
“Blood & Chrome” will take place about 20 years after “Caprica” and 30 years before “Battlestar Galactica.”
Cortez, who played Adama in “Razor,” couldn’t comment on the casting process when contacted by Airlock Alpha.