Syfy is getting back into producing original genre content in a big way coming up. We’ve been hearing story details, casting announcement and other news, and even getting our first glimpses of some footage from a few the nine new shows the network is developing. One of the new projects we haven’t heard too much about is their deep space mercenary drama Killjoys, but there has been some movement on that front, as they have now added a trio of actors to the cast.
TV Line reports that Killjoys has cast a face that will be familiar to Syfy viewers, adding Warehouse 13 alum Aaron Ashmore. They’ve also signed up Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) and British actress Hannah John-Kaman (The Hour). Basically, the core cast is made up almost entirely of pretty young folks running around outer space.
Killjoys comes from the producer of BBC America’s hit clone drama Orphan Black and Lost Girl, and, admittedly, the first one has us way more interested than the second show, but hey, to each his own. The action revolves around a “fun-loving, hard-living trio of bounty hunters.” They’ve been sworn to keep an impartial stance while they track down and capture deadly outlaws through a system called the Quad. This is a dangerous region of deep space on the brink of full on interplanetary class war.
Ashmore will play a character named John Jaqobis, who, from his description, sounds a lot like Star-Lord from Guardians of the Galaxy. He a “cheerful peacemaker who prefers not to fight,” but he has a sarcastic sense of humor and sharp wit that gets him into trouble more often than not. Macfarlane plays D’avin, an experienced former soldier who has a deep level of weapon, tactics, and fighting skills that are sure to be a boon to any mercenary-for-hire. Described as “gorgeous, complicated, and deadly,” John-Kaman’s character Dutch is sharp and flirtatious, though empathetic enough to connect with all classes of people, all while she hides a dark past. That must be exhausting.
This all sounds like a promising set up. You have a team of badasses, a region on the brink of war, and hopefully they’ll be able to balance grimness with the sense of humor it sounds like they’re going for. If they do that, Killjoys could be one hell of a good time. And to be honest, they had us hooked at “bounty hunters in space.” It could easily fall apart and become a big ol’ pile of clichés, but we’re willing to give it the benefit of the doubt for the time being and hope they pull it off. If nothing else, we’re excited for science fiction that actually takes place in space.
Production is scheduled to kick off next month on the ten-episode first season in Toronto.