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Stargate Universe begins principal photography

Wednesday - February 18, 2009
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The third live-action Stargate series is off and running! Principal photography for Stargate Universe began today at The Bridge Studios in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Universe is getting ready for a fall premiere on the SCI FI Channel in the U.S., and tells the story of a group of military personnel and civilians who find themselves stranded on board the Destiny — a deep space exploratory vessel built by the Ancients many millions of years ago. The ship is on an unalterable, preprogrammed course from one galaxy to another, following up on new Stargates placed by another automated ship.

The series stars Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting, 24: Redemption) as Dr. Nicholas Rush; Justin Louis (Durham County) as Colonel Everett Young; Brian J. Smith (Law & Order) as Lt. Matthew Scott; David Blue (Ugly Betty) as Eli Wallace; and Jamil Walker Smith (Hey Arnold!) as Senior Sgt. Ronald Greer.

Two more main cast members — the women, playing Captain Tamara Jon and civilian Chloe Walker — have not yet been announced, but as far as we know they have been cast. We’re expecting the official news from MGM and SCI FI any moment now.

The large set of the Destiny has been constructed on Stage 4 at The Bridge Studios, home to Stargate SG-1 (Stage 5) and Stargate Atlantis (Stage 6) over the past 12 years. Upstairs in the production office, Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper serve as showrunners and executive producers. Carl Binder (Stargate Atlantis) will also produce, while Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie serve as writers and consulting producers while they continue work on the Atlantis movie.

Former Atlantis writer-producers Martin Gero (story) and Alan McCullough will contribute scripts to the show, but have departed the full-time staff.

Mallozzi also unveiled a new working episode title on his blog this week: “Time,” penned by Robert Cooper.

Production is scheduled to run through October 23, according to the BC Film Commission.

We’ll continue to follow the development of Stargate Universe in the weeks and months ahead! We’re expecting more cast member names, the first cast photos and perhaps even a peek at the design for the Destiny, in the relatively near future.

Stick with GateWorld’s SGU Launch Center for the latest news, interviews, and more, and watch the Season One episode guide for the latest info on the episodes now in production.

Darren created GateWorld in 1999, and today is the owner and managing editor. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and three children.

COMMENTS (11):Rules | Report Comment | Trackback

  • Well I am staying up until half two GMT to see if the rest of the cast is announce. I damn well hope they are.

  • Principal photography has started and yet they have yet to announce one female cast member!
    The is not making me excited for this show to begin.

  • Ahh! We need to find out who the rest of the cast is, plus any reoccuring guest star peoples. And if Shanks is in it for the first ep.


  • I hope the two female crewmembers will have some womanly shapes instead of girls which is popular with US tv :)

  • It’s all so good but… WTF?! Where is the females??? For F sake! For crying out loud! Aaaaargh!

  • More than likely all the female characters that TPTB would consider are all unavailable or just don’t wish to appear on SGU:90210

  • Ya, I’m over Hollywood’s big “secret” crap they keep pulling making us wait for pictures or pulling trailers and that general garbage. I know they think it will wet our appetites and keep us breathless, but it just pisses me off instead, hear me TPTB?!

  • I love Sci Fi and I love the whole Stargate series of shows. I watched them repeatedly on reruns and I have many seasons on DVD.
    I am your audience.
    Having said that, I won’t be watching the new series,Stargate Universe, until you guys invest in a tripod.
    How am I expected to follow the story when all the camerawork looks like it was done by stoned hippies.
    It was a good run while it lasted.

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