Dr. Daniel Jackson may help to kick off the third Stargate series later this year. Stargate SG-1‘s Michael Shanks told SCI FI Wire that he’s been asked if he would be interested in appearing in the series premiere of Stargate Universe, which goes before cameras in Vancouver on February 11.
“I talked to [executive producer] Brad Wright a couple of weeks ago, and he asked me if I’d be interested in doing a cameo in the Universe pilot,” Shanks told the site. “And I of course said I would be. And there’s a great deal of talk about [it].”
The premiere episode, “Air,” will be a three-parter, with the first two hours likely to air as a premiere event (and Part 3 the following week). If Daniel does appear in the episode it would likely be a small part early in the episode — as there is no indication yet that the character actually joins the new team on the trip to the Ancient ship Destiny.
Stargate Atlantis fans, of course, will remember that Shanks and SG-1 co-star Richard Dean Anderson (“Jack O’Neill”) helped to kick off that show in a similar manner. That was particularly special as those two characters had been in the original “Stargate” movie.
Could the producers be looking for a cameo appearance by other SG-1 characters, as well? GateWorld has recently learned that the premiere will give viewers the first look inside the halls of the Department of Homeworld Security in Washington, D.C. — where Jack O’Neill was last known to be posted.
Shanks also offered an update on the status of the third direct-to-DVD movie for the SG-1 team, and confirmed his involvement in the project. That film is likely to film this summer alongside the first Atlantis movie, and “is pretty Rick-heavy [as in Richard Dean Anderson], pretty O’Neill-heavy,” Shanks said. “So I don’t know much more than that, but I will most definitely be involved in it.”
Check out the original report at the new SCIFIWire.com, and stay tuned to GateWorld for the latest on Stargate Universe! The show will premiere this fall on the SCI FI Channel in the United States.
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