‘Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome’ Casts Young William Adama

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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.

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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

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  1. wow a rather inexperienced actor for the title role and he does exactly look like Adama, not even close, wow Im really looking for ward to this series, I hope they dont blow it with this casting choice. I think the guy should atleast look a little latino, just saying. A white brit is pretty far from Edward James Olmos

  2. So this isn’t the same guy who played young Bill in the webisodes? I have yet to watch them but everything I’ve heard says that the guy who played him there is fantastic. Why not just stick with him?

    • Nope, not even close. I don’t know why they switched it up; it’s not likethis guy doesn’t have a big following among american scifi nerds. Well, I’d never heard of him, anyway.

    • If you get the Razor movie those webisodes are all in there as one flashback sequence, Jessie.

      From what I’ve read Nico Cortez was very much up for returning as well. Disappointing, and a BIG mistake going with someone else – particularly if they’re trying to bring back the BSG audience that jumped ship on Caprica.

      • @ The Big Dentist: Thanks for the tip. I working my way back through the series (first time since the finale) and planned on incorporating the webisodes I skipped the first time around. I’ll be sure to check “Razor”‘s special features.

  3. he is a good actor he was really good in skins and just so you no he’s not white(not that i think it matters i dont like when race gets brought up in threads but thats just me)the pic used isnt the best of him look him up on google, i think its good to see an unknown brit get his chance over in the states he was pretty unknown here to before skins tbh

  4. Isn’t it ironic (and irritating) that they bring back someone who had a seconds-long appearance in Razor, but not the one guy who actually matters?

  5. I am not going to get my hopes up for anything sci-fi on syfy.
    Maybe if it was on NBC it would have a chance. But it will surely be canceled on syfy.

  6. Do we really need another battlestar galactica prequel series?
    I’d say the cancellation of Caprica would argue that we don’t.
    I’m not a fan of prequel shows in general. I find it hard to get emotionally involved when I already know the ultimate outcome & fate of the characters.
    And besides I think the Battlestar Galactica series did a good enough job of filling in the details behind the creation of the Cylons & the first Cylon war.
    These prequels are pretty much redundant IMO.

  7. Sounds like this may have the feel of Space Above and Beyond. A great series that ended too soon.

    • Good point about the age discrepancy, Wayne (I’m assuming that’s the reason for dumping Cortez out of hand: he must be in his thirties by now); plus the fact that Adama was still a “rook” on the last day of the first war, so this B&C effort will require a heap of revisionism right from the outset. More good stuff on your blog, by the way. I STILL haven’t seen any of Caprica yet!