Former Stargate SG-1 co-star Michael Shanks isn’t making just a small cameo appearance in the series premiere of Stargate Universe. He’ll also be back for a guest appearance later in the season.
The news was revealed today by consulting producer Joseph Mallozzi (blog), who mentioned the praise that director Robert C. Cooper had for Shanks and SGU star Robert Carlyle (“Nicholas Rush”).
Cooper is currently directing “Human,” currently slated to be the fourteenth episode of the new series. The episode will air in early 2010.
Shanks previously told GateWorld that his appearance in the series premiere, “Air,” is brief (story).
“It’s a cameo,” he said about that episode. “It’s a popping in, popping out kind of thing. They’ve got a lot of cast that they definitely need to facilitate. Certainly the Stargate audience knows my character and Richard [Dean Anderson]’s character and Amanda [Tapping]’s character and the others that show up very well. So they have to spend some time developing their world and fleshing out their characters. So I’m just a face.”
When Daniel Jackson returns to SGU, though, expect it to be a much more significant guest role.
Stargate Universe premieres October 2 on Syfy in the U.S., and soon thereafter on Sky1 in the U.K. and SPACE in Canada. Learn more about the show and the first season’s line-up of episodes in GateWorld’s own SGU Launch Center!