NBC’s upcoming post-apocalyptic drama Revolution has added a pair of new regular cast members. Elizabeth Mitchell joins the J.J. Abrams produced series, reuniting the two, who worked together on Lost. This move comes hot on the heels of the news that Daniella Alonso is also joining up with the action-oriented science fiction series.
Mitchell plays Rachel Matheson, the mother of the show’s two young leads, Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) and Danny Matheson (Graham Rodgers). She is said to be compassionate and concerned. Rachel was originally played Andrea Roth in the pilot, and will only appear in flashbacks in the series.
This isn’t Mitchell’s first sci-fi rodeo. In addition to Lost, she also starred in the reboot of 80s alien invasion series V. She’s got some geek in her soul.
Friday Night Lights alum Alonso has signed on to play a character named Nora. Nora is a new character that did not appear in the pilot, and is “one of the tweaks Revolution is undergoing before its launch.” She’s a rebel fighter with a penchant for blowing things up. That’s not a bad combination, more shows could use a character like that. There is a troubled history between Nora and Miles (Billy Burke), the leader of a group of people who struggle to eke out an existence in a post-apocalyptic landscape. You can see the producers aiming for a kind of combative, energetic, problematic love story angle with this addition. Gives them a neat little subplot to explore.
Revolution takes place in a world where all forms of energy have ceased to exist. Violent militias rule over North America, and the countryside has devolved into a sort of feudal state run by despots and warlords.
Revolution begins on September 17th, airing right after NBC’s hit The Voice. Either there are high hopes for the science fiction entry, or it’s terrible and execs hope that a coveted time slot will trick some people into watching the show.