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More regular characters revealed for Atlantis
WEDNESDAY - JANUARY 7, 2004

Three new characters for the spin-off series Stargate Atlantis have been revealed, courtesy of FilmJerk.com and confirmed by GateWorld. Two of the three appear to be series regulars, and will join Major John Sheppard, Dr. Elizabeth Weir and Teyla (formerly "Mikala") (story).

Beware of possible spoilers for the first episode of Atlantis in the report below! Here's how the three characters are described:

Lt. Aiden Ford: "Described as 'boyishly good-looking, with an ebullient sense of humor to match,' this 25-year-old is an officer who volunteers for the Atlantis mission. A good man in a tight spot, he accompanies Major Sheppard on a perilous rescue mission to the Wraith planet, where unspeakable terrors lurk. He keeps a cool head and his finger on the trigger when the Wraiths are closing in on the rescue party."

Dr. Benjamin Ingram: "In his 40's, Ingram is a brilliant African Canadian scientist who has done a heroic job of interfacing modern technology with those of the Ancients, and is in large part responsible for the new discoveries that have made the Atlantis mission possible. However, it bothers Ingram that he doesn't possess the rare gene that would allow him to physically interact with the Ancients' technology. He also accompanies Dr. Weir and Major Sheppard on their risky journey to another galaxy, where Atlantis now lies."

Colonel Marshall Sumner: "A hardened officer with a buzz cut and a hair-trigger temper, 50-year-old Sumner is no-nonsense and autocratic, a man who is accustomed to having his orders followed without question. He is the military leader of the Atlantis expedition, but he is second-in-command to Dr. Weir. At times, he forgets who's in charge, but he is an inspired commander who is committed to the mission, however dangerous. Later, he refuses to give vital information to the Wraith Queen before meeting an untimely end. Producers are looking for star names for this role."

Sumner's role may be the one being eyed by 41-year-old actor Adam Baldwin (story), indicating that he may not be a regular on the series, should the character in fact be killed off early in the show's run.

The site also reports that series regular Mikala's name has been changed to Teyla, and that at least one regular character has been cast. The premiere episode is currently titled "Rising," according to the report, and no director has yet been assigned.

Keep in mind that, as Stargate Atlantis does not begin filming until February, this information is subject to change by the production studio.

Visit FilmJerk for the complete report! Stargate Atlantis begins filming on February 27, according to the report, and debuts this June on The Sci-Fi Channel in the U.S.

(Thanks to Chris Faile and Jim for the tip)

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