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.
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.