'12 Monkeys' Goes 'Back to the Future' With Christopher Lloyd

Showrunner Terry Matalas also will make his directorial debut in season three.
Christopher Lloyd in 'Back to the Future'

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Syfy's time-travel drama 12 Monkeys is adding a dash of Back to the Future: The third-year drama has enlisted Christopher Lloyd for a guest role.

Lloyd will play Zalmon Shaw, a charming but deadly cult leader who preys upon other’s tragedies and losses in order to recruit new members into the apocalyptic cult the “Army of the 12 Monkeys.” Shaw is the father of the series' most imposing villain, the enigmatic Pallid Man. 

Lloyd is perhaps best known for his role as Doc Brown in the Back to the Future film franchise. He's also a three-time Emmy winner who counts TV's Taxi among his impressive roster of credits. Lloyd is repped by Gersh and Andrew Freedman.

Season three of the drama also will see showrunner Terry Matalas make his directorial debut. Production on the series from Universal Cable Productions began this week in Toronto.

In season three, James Cole and Cassandra Railly embark on a desperate search across time to find the man responsible for the apocalypse, a time traveler who calls himself the Witness. Killing the Witness will mean saving the world, but the journey will come at tremendous personal stakes for both Cole and Railly and will call into question new alliances, old bonds and the virtue of the mission itself. 

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