Tonight on Syfy former Stargate Atlantis actress Jewel Staite (“Jennifer Keller”) stars in the Saturday night original movie Doomsday Prophecy! The film airs at 9/8c.
A.J. Buckley (CSI: NY, Supernatural) co-stars as a book editor who joins an archaeologist named Brooke Calvin (Staite) to try and prevent Armageddon. The pair must hunt down the mysterious author of a series of prophetic novels, who they find possesses a way to really see the future.
Watch a teaser scene from the movie below, and check out Newsarama for a transcript of a media interview in which the two actors recently participated.
Buckley and Staite will also be live tweeting during the movie’s East Coast broadcast, starting tonight at 9 p.m. (hashtag: #DoomsdayProphecy).
“As an actor I just look for really fun characters to play,” Staite said. “And a lot of really well written female characters happen to be in sci-fi. I mean it just sort of works out that way. But I do know a lot of actors that are kind of chomping at the bit to get in with the sci-fi fans, so to speak, because they really are so loyal. And as an actor this kind of stuff is fun to do. It’s fun to stretch…and go beyond the limits of your imagination and just sort of be in these crazy situations that you have to play out. And it’s fun. It’s always an adventure every day. And that’s why I like staying in this genre so much.”
Staite also said that her character in the film, Brooke, reminded her of Atlantis‘s Dr. Keller. “She’s very much in her element when she’s at work,” she said. “When she’s on a dig, she’s totally relaxed. She’s very smart and she’s really in her element. But when she’s not and she’s in these crazy situations, she goes into panic mode. And that’s the way I am, too. I don’t deal with any kind of peril very well. And it’s always really important to me to play that as real as possible.
“I like that she’s not a hero. She’s a reluctant hero. And at the end of the day, she sort of has to step up to the plate and do what needs to be done. And I really wanted to put the realism, as much as possible. And so yes, I would say we react very similarly in certain situations.”
August is a big movie month for former Stargate Atlantis cast members, who appear in some high profile projects. In addition to Staite’s TV movie, David Hewlett has a role in the just-released box office hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes. But the biggest of all is Jason Momoa, who is about to make his big-screen debut in a big way as the headliner for Conan the Barbarian. It opens August 19 in the U.S. and Canada, and August 26 in the United Kingdom.