Phillips will play Colonel Telford, “a lifelong military man and the chosen leader of the ill-fated expedition,” according to the report.
Now age 47, Phillips stormed onto the acting scene in the role of Ritchie Valens in 1987’s La Bamba. He appeared in Young Guns and Young Guns II, Supernova, and many other films. On television, he has appeared on 24, The Twilight Zone, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and much more. He has a recurring role on Numb3rs, and in 2005 he collaborated with Stargate movie producer Dean Devlin on the SCI FI Channel miniseries The Triangle.
It is not yet known if Phillips will be a full-time, permanent member of SGU‘s cast — which already boasts the star power of Scottish film actor Robert Carlyle (“Dr. Nicholas Rush”) — or if he’ll be a recurring or one-off guest star. Stargate Atlantis launched with a big guest appearance by Robert Patrick (“Col. Marshall Sumner”), whose character was killed off in the pilot episode.
When reached for comment, an MGM representative refused to give up any such qualifiers on the Universe cast.
THR also confirmed that Universe is aiming for an October premiere in the United States (story).
MGM and SCI FI are expected to confirm today’s four big casting announcements with an official press release this week. Keep your browser locked on GateWorld and the Stargate Universe Launch Center for more on the new series in the days and weeks to come!
(Thanks to Morjana for the tip!)
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