Sunday, 22 June 2008

Caprica pilot wraps

The production on the two-hour Caprica pilot wrapped this week, reports

The article mentions three new names among the cast. They are Hiro Kanagawa, Veena Sood and Brian Markinson.

Kanagawa plays a character named Cyrus Xander. Apart from acting, he is also a playwright and screenwriter. He has made appearances on The X-Files, Millennium, Cold Squad, Smallville and Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda and will be seen in the upcoming remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, to be released in December.

Veena Sood (official site), credited for playing Joan Leyte, is also a versatile actor with a background in theatre, film and television. She had recurring roles on Smallville, Godiva's and Little Mosque on the Prairie and is no stranger to Galactica fans: she was recently seen in Sine Qua Non as one of the Quorum delegates.

Brian Markinson, who plays agent Jordan Duram, is another Canadian film and television actor with a number of credits to his name. His recent appearances include Bionic Woman, Navy NCIS, Psych and The L Word.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

More Caprica location pics - Athena Academy

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^ This is one of the several new location pics that emerged on The 13th Colony blog today. Head over there to see the rest.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Caprica set report: train station scenes

One of the extras who was on the Caprica set for the train explosion scene posted a report at Actors Paula Malcomson, Avan Jogia and Genevieve Buechner were spotted on the set.

The train scene is basically what sets the events of Caprica in motion. Avan Jogia plays Ben Stark, a young student converted to monotheism by his teacher, who blows up the train, killing himself, his girlfriend Zoe (Alessandra Toreson), Joseph Adama's wife and daughter, and many other people in the process.

Zoe's father Daniel Graystone (Eric Stoltz) then uncovers an online avatar of his tech savvy daughter and, being a wealthy computer genius, uses it to create the first Cylon model.

Here is a snippet from the report:

The first day we were called to the Vancouver Film Studios where Galactica is shot and, before signing in, were directed to Wardrobe to get our outfits approved. The look was to be “New York, think 1940s”. This was only a general guideline however. Suits and upscale casual wear in muted colors were the order of the day for the men, brighter prints for us gals. But nothing flashy. We were morning commuters heading to work. Props included coffee cups, Caprica Times newspapers, and briefcases all liberally distributed. Most of the men were given fedoras and other brim hats, trench coats abounded.

To read the full story, go to

Monday, 16 June 2008

13 episode series order (unconfirmed)

Doctor and Mrs. Who are reporting that Caprica has already received a 13 episode series order before the pilot has even been filmed.

Kristin at E!Online writes that the "proposed Battlestar Galactica spinoff Caprica (starring Esai Morales, Paula Malcolmson and Eric Stoltz) is officially still just a two-hour movie, but based strictly on the enthusiasm of [Sci Fi Channel president Dave] Howe and NBC Universal chief of cable programming Bonnie Hammer, I'd say that Caprica is getting picked up. Howe wasn't making any promises yet, but he said, 'Based on the casting and the writing and talent involved, I think it's going to be spectacular.' Hammer agrees that it's good stuff: 'The dailies look amazing.'"

Good news all around, it seems.

Caprica location pics

The 13th Colony blog has posted the first pictures of the locations where the Caprica pilot is being filmed. To see what a Caprican diner looks like, go here and here.

Friday, 13 June 2008

Caprica - different mood, different flavour, different concept, says Moore

The screening of the Battlestar Galactica mid-season finale, Revelations, was held at the Arclight Cinemarama Dome in Hollywood the other day, with Ron Moore, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff and Tricia Helfer in attendance.

After the screening they were taking questions from fans and someone asked what the status was on Caprica. This is what they said:

Ron Moore: Not only is it in the works, they're shooting it as we speak. Caprica is being shot in Vancouver right now. Jeff Reiner is directing it. He's one of the directors on Friday Night Lights. Dailies look great. I was up on the set last week. It's very cool, the cast is tremendous, Eric Stoltz and Esai Morales headline the cast. We have high hopes for it. It's a two-hour back-door pilot. We have great hopes that it goes to series and it's a very different piece. It's not this show. It's a different mood, it's a different flavor, it's a completely different concept for a series that lives within the same Galactica universe and we'll just see what happens.

Mary McDonnell: I snuck out of Battlestar the other day, in my nightgown with my IV and I went over to watch Caprica. I, first of all, scared them, because they didn't know who I was, this mad woman with a nightgown and an IV and then they said, 'Mary!' I sat there and watched and it was absolutely thrilling. They were beautiful and adorable and it was startling to watch. I just wanted to share that because we all feel, I don't know, we all feel paternal.

Katee Sackhoff: I was just going to say that they all kind of treat us like their parents. It's very interesting.

The Galactica cast and crew are currently filming the final episodes of season four in Vancouver and the Caprica set is reportedly just around the corner.

For a transcript of the chat (minus Revelations spoilers), go to MovieWeb.

Revelations airs this evening at 10 (Eastern) on the Sci Fi Channel. If you're in the U.S. you can catch the episode on the Sci Fi website in the course of the day.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

New cast member mentioned: Genevieve Buechner

Caprica is filming in Vancouver and two teenage actors - Avan Jogia and Genevieve Buechner - are hoping for recurring roles if the spinoff goes to series, writes the Vancouver Sun.

Genevieve Buechner is a 16-year-old native of Alberta who already has several notable performances - and several nominations for a Leo Award - under her belt.

She is not yet listed among the Caprica cast on the IMDb, but judging by her age, she will most likely appear as one of the students who attend the Athena Academy along with Zoe Graystone (Alessandra Toreson) and Ben Stark (Avan Jogia). Possibly Lacy?

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Caprica news recap - rumours, new cast, possible release date

Filming dates for the Caprica two-hour pilot popped up on several sites. Production on the pilot is scheduled between May 22 and June 19.

The IMDb page has been updated to include a release date -December 2008 - as well as some new cast members: Sasha Roiz and Katie Keating.

Roiz will reportedly play Sam, Joseph Adama's gangster brother, and 17-year-old Keating will play a character named Caston.

Other names added to the crew list include Galactica miniseries cinematographer Joel Ransom, production designer Richard Hudolin, costume designer Glenne Campbell and casting directors Heike Brandstatter and Coreen Mayrs.

The rumours that Caprica will most likely go to series in order to deliver a well rounded story also got an update at the end of May, when the Dr. and Mrs. Who cited production sources as saying that Caprica was being pitched to the Sci Fi Channel as a limited run series.

SyFy served another interesting rumour that goes back to Razor, the TV movie released back in November that served as an introduction to Galactica's final season. In Razor, Lee Adama's XO Kendra Shaw encounters a Cylon hybrid who says all kinds of things about Starbuck being the harbinger of death, the Final Five clawing toward the light, etc. Well, SyFy's new source says - and none of this is confirmed, but the rumour is still a big possible spoiler - that the hybrid is none other than Daniel Graystone, the father of the Cylons and one of the two leading characters in the Caprica series.

Finally, speaking of leads, the first picture with several major cast members - Esai Morales (Joe Adama), Paula Malcomson (Amanda Graystone) and Alessandra Toreson (Zoe Graystone) - in one place has emerged on Flickr.