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‘The Expanse’ Adds Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Syfy adapts James S.A. Corey best-selling book series

Steven Strait and Shohreh Aghdashloo are joining Syfy’s adaption of James S.A. Corey’s best-selling book series “The Expanse.”

Set 200 years in the future, the space opera is scheduled for a 2015 premiere and will feature 10 episodes. Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (“Iron Man”) will executive produce.

Strait (“Magic City,” “The Covenant”) will play James “Jim” R. Holden, an executive officer aboard a freighter, and Aghdashloo — who earned an Emmy for “House of Saddam” and an Oscar nomination for “House of Sand and Fog” — will play Chrisjen Avasarala, a political member of Earth’s governing body.

“We knew this material would attract high-end talent,” said Sharon Hall, president of Alcon Television. “Steven Strait embodies the humor, gravitas and humanity that the character of James Holden possesses. Having him alongside Thomas Jane as our leading men is thrilling. The incomparable Shohreh Aghdashloo is our dream Chrisjen Avasarala.”

Jane, who was previously cast, starred in “The Mist” and “Hung.” He plays the pivotal role of Detective Miller, an off-world cop for a corporate security firm who uncovers a frightening conspiracy while working in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Together with Holden, he confronts choices that could alter mankind’s destiny.

Alcon Television Group, a division of Alcon Entertainment, is producing the series. Fergus and Ostby, who scripted the pilot and helped pitch the series, will serve as showrunners along with executive producer Naren Shankar (“Almost Human”).

Also executive producing are Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who wrote “The Expanse” book series under the Corey pen name. Season 1 will be based on their debut book “Leviathan Wakes,” which hit stores in 2011 and earned a Hugo Award nod for Best Novel and a Locus Award nod for Best Science Fiction Novel.

The series continues with the books “Caliban’s War,” “Abaddon’s Gate” and “Cibola Burn.”

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