New <i>Battlestar Galactica</i> Prequel Begins Search For Lead Roles

Syfy has begun the search for actors to play the lead roles in Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, a prequel to its acclaimed reimagining of the '70s space opera.

Set during the 10th year of the First Cylon War, Blood and Chrome follows an inexperienced young viper pilot William Adama finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet … the Galactica.

According to TV Guide, Adama is described as a cocky and fearless jock in his early to mid-20s, akin to Tom Cruise's character in Top Gun. His risk-taking brings him into conflict with the more seasoned and cynical Electronic Countermeasures Officer Coker Fasjovik, a man in his late 20s to mid-30s who's supposed to be heading for home after just 45 days of fighting.

As we've previously reported, there's also an enigmatic software genius named Beka Kelly, whom TV Guide describes as having "a treasonous agenda that could cost them their lives as they set out on what proves to be a confusing and challenging mission."

Nico Cortez played young Bill Adama in the 2007 television movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor, but this search suggests the actor won't be returning for Blood and Chrome. (However, the not-always-reliable IMDb lists Corez for the role.)

Syfy greenlit the two-hour pilot, from executive producer David Eick, in October. Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica) wrote the screenplay from a story by Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle (Battlestar Galactica).

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