The BSG universe gets a little bigger today as the first casting news for Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome has come to light. Luke Pasqualino of the UK’s Skins will play the young William Adama, while Ben Cotton will play his commanding officer, Coker.

Pasqualino is best known as Freddie Mclair on the original Skins (not the controversial MTV conversion). The 21-year-old hasn’t had time to do much else, though he has become something of a teen celebrity in the UK for his high-profile role. Cotton, like his Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome character, is a TV veteran whose resume includes CW’s cheerleader dramedy Hellcats and smaller parts on shows like Smallville, Psych and Supernatural. He’s had a few parts on previous SyFy projects including Stargate: Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica: Razor and the web series, Reise.

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome will follow the events of the first Cylon war alluded to in Syfy’s 2003 version of Battlestar Galactica. Ensign Adama boards the Galactica as a young and inexperienced Viper pilot, hungry for his first taste of toaster-fraking action.  If Ben Cotton’s early casting is any indication, Adama’s CO Coker will play a major role in the narrative. Other known characters like software engineer Beka Kelly and Raptor pilot Jaycie McGavin have yet to be cast.

This series will focus on action and wartime drama, rather than the more existential and cerebral themes featured in Caprica. Executive producer Michael Taylor, who worked with Ronald Moore on the 2003 BSG reboot, describes Blood and Chrome as a gritty examination of war akin to a science fiction version of The Hurt Locker. While it’s hard to speculate at this early stage, the action and space combat portions of Battlestar Galactica were some of the show’s best moments, so the prospect of a more combat-focused series is promising.

As he’s playing the only major part that crosses over from Battlestar Galactica to Blood and Chrome, a lot is resting on Luke Pasqualino’s shoulders. Adama was only one of a dozen or so central characters in the original, but he’ll be the face of this new show, and it’s hard to gauge how the actor will fare based on his limited exposure. It’s also hard not to notice how young he looks, especially when compared with the 30-something pilots of Battlestar Galactica. Here’s hoping that he’s up to the challenge.

SyFy has ordered a two hour pilot/TV movie for Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome which is scheduled to air later in 2011.

Source: Entertainment Weekly