Of the near endless supply of projects that Syfy is working to bring to the small screen, Dark Matter is one that we haven’t heard too much about in recent days. The upcoming series, which already has an order for a 13-episode first season, hails from Stargate producers Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, who also created the comic book series the show is based on. It also just revealed it’s core cast, a list full of names that you vaguely know, and faces that you will definitely see and recognize from somewhere, though you may not be entirely certain where.
The cast features Broadway actress Melissa O’Neil, Marc Bendavid (Bitten), Alex Mallari Jr. (RoboCop), Anthony Lemke (Lost Girl, Warehouse 13), Jodelle Ferland (Cabin in the Woods), Roger Cross (The Strain), and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl). Like I said, no one super exciting, but a lot of genre vets, a fair number of relatively recognizable faces, and some folks who have been around the block.
Dark Matters is based on the Dark Horse comics title of the same name, though it was originally intended as a television series by Mallozzi and Mullie. The story is set in space and the action involves the crew on a spacecraft who wake up having lost their memories. When they arrive at a mining colony, they learn about a plot between a corporation and a group of incoming mercenaries sent to take over the colony and steal the planet. Here’s the twist, they’re the mercenaries—crazy, I know—and they have to figure out what to do next.
That’s the story in the comic anyway, though we’ll see how that translates and if the two share a plot. In the meantime, here’s a synopsis of the series:
In Dark Matter, the crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got on board. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage charged with vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets.
The ensemble cast is scheduled to gather in Toronto on January 7, 2015 in order to kick off production. Dark Matter is scheduled to debut on Syfy sometime in the summer of next year. The series joins the network’s ever growing stable of original content that now includes the likes of Helix, Defiance, Z Nation, and Ascension, and will soon have 12 Monkeys, The Expanse, Old Man’s War, and more to hang out with.