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Syfy Expands ‘Dominion’ Pilot Cast

Anthony Stewart Head, Roxanne McKee, Luke Allen-Gale, Shivani Ghai sign on

Casting for the “Dominion” pilot is ramping up, with Anthony Stewart Head, Roxanne McKee and Luke Allen-Gale announced to be taking lead roles, and Shivani Ghai guest starring.

They will join Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom, Alan Dale.

“Dominion” is an epic supernatural action drama set 25 years after the events of the 2010 film “Legion,” picking up in the aftermath of a catastrophic war between an army of angels and mankind that has transformed the world. The series follows the perilous journey of a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity, set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on Earth.

Head, who has appeared in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Merlin,” “Doctor Who” and “Warehouse 13,” will play David Weel, the power hungry president of the Senate of Vega (formerly Las Vegas) who is frequently at odds with Gen. Rysen, the city’s military leader. David is willing to do whatever he believes is right to protect the city and his position leading it.

McKee’s character, Claire Rysen, is the closest thing Vega has to a princess. As the daughter of Rysen — the man who led humans to victory against the angels during the Extermination War — she is a member of the highest class in Vega’s stratified society. Claire is also strong-willed and much tougher than she seems. McKee had a major role in the British soap “Hollyoaks” and a minor part in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

Allen-Gale will play William Weel, the scion of Vega’s other powerful ruling family. Unlike his cunning politician father David, William is a man of the people and head of the Church of the Savior. Allen-Gale has had roles in “Wallander,” “Ripper Street” and “The Borgias,” and also appeared briefly in “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

Ghai will guest star as Arika, a lead diplomat sent from Helena, a mysterious and militant matriarchal society in what was once Salt Lake City, which maintains a tenuous peace with Vega. Ghai has previously starred in several television and film projects including HBO’s “Five Days” and “House of Saddam,” mini-series “The Bible for History” and movies “Cleanskin” and “Everywhere and Nowhere.”

The pilot for “Dominion” was written by Vaun Wilmott and will be directed by Scott Stewart, co-writer and director of “Legion.” Michel Litvak and David Lancaster, who produced “Legion,” will executively produce “Dominion” alongside Wilmott and Stewart.

“Dominion” begins shooting this month in Cape Town, South Africa, and could premiere in 2014 on Syfy if ordered to series.

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