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‘Whale Rider’ Star, Others Join Syfy’s ‘Rewind’ Pilot

Filming is set to begin later this month for the time-traveling series

Syfy’s time-traveling pilot “Rewind” is getting a little star power now that Keisha Castle-Hughes has signed on.

Castle-Hughes, probably best known as the 12-year-old star of the 2002 film “Whale Rider,” will play Priya, an historian on a military team that travels back in time to change past events in an effort to avoid a future terrorist attack.

Cast with Castle-Hughes are Jennifer Ferrin, Robbie Jones and Keon Mohajeri. Ferrin, who played Dana Faraday in NBC’s short-lived “The Cape,” will take on the rule of young genius scientist Bryce. Jones, of “One Tree Hill” and the short-lived “Hellcats,” will play Danny, a friend of main character Henry Knox (played by Shane McRae), and the one person who Knox trusts the most.

Mohajeri, who last year was named one of Canada’s rising stars, will play mathematician Charlie, a man who created a device that could reduce all of history down to mathematical equations.

Castle-Hughes had a small role in “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” as the Queen of Naboo, and also appeared in an episode of “Legend of the Seeker” as the creator. She most recently appeared in the New Zealand drama “The Almighty Johnsons,” and is set to appear in the New Zealand western “The Stolen.”

Ferrin’s genre credits include a handful of episodes as Ruth Tyler in ABC’s short-lived drama “Life on Mars.” She also appeared in a 2009 episode of “Fringe” and most recently appeared in the Fox broken pilot “Over/Under.”

Jones got his acting start in 2008 in “One Tree Hill,” but has made appearances in “ER,” “Southland” and “Dark Blue.”

Mohajeri has appeared in a number of Canadian productions, including “Flashpoint” and the miniseries “Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures.”

McRae, who appeared in the hit film “The Help” last year, also had appearances in CBS’ “Medium” as well as NBC’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Syfy has not announced when it will make a decision on picking “Rewind” up for a series, but that decision will have to wait until at least the pilot is screened, so likely in the summer.

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