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12 Monkeys will be joined by a familiar face for season two.
Battlestar Galactica‘s Michael Hogan is joining the cast for a four-episode arc in a mysterious role. The actor, who played the cranky Colonel Saul Tigh on BSG, will play Vance Eckland, a charismatic scientist from the future. He works along side Dr. Jones (Barbara Sukowa) in the temporal facility, and their relationship may be closer than it initially appears.
The 12 Monkeys teams also announced at Comic-Con that Todd Stashwick (Deacon), Emily Hampshire (Jennifer Goines) and Sukowa have been upped to series regulars.
The SyFy adaptation of Terry Gilliam‘s 1996 film earned fan praise during its first season, which ended with Cole (Aaron Stanford) sending a wounded Cassie (Amanda Schull) from 2015 to 2043. Cole also ended up opting to save his best friend Ramse (Kirk Acevedo), despite Ramse and him battling in the finale.
Railly will be a changed woman in season two, said Schull.
“Season two will see a brand new Railly,” she said. “She will have lived by the time we catch up with her, for a period of time in the future. There will be an evolution from where we saw her last.”
They have exhausted the material form the movie, but they say there is still more to pull from the film in season two, at least thematically.
“Insanity plays a very big part of season two and in season one, particularly people we may perceive as insane, who may not exactly be insane,” said executive producer Terry Matalas.
Stanford noted that the exhausting nature of making television fits in with Cole’s journey.
“Cole becomes more damaged and loses a piece of himself every time he time travels,” said Stanford.
Season two sees showrunner Natalie Chaidez step down to oversee Syfy’s upcoming Gale Anne Hurd drama Hunters. Executive producers Matalas and Travis Fickett, who created the show, are stepping up as showrunners.
The series is known for dropping breadcrumbs that will pay off in future episodes, and the showrunners said they’ve known how the series will end since they shot the pilot.
“It will make you all cry,” said Matalas.
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