A&E’s ‘Longmire’ Adds Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips & More

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 23rd, 2013 at 3:19 pm,

Former Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff will take the female lead in the new small-town sheriff pilot Longmire for A&E.

According to Deadline, Sackhoff is the latest star to join the rapidly growing cast, which also recently added ‘80s film staple Lou Diamond Phillips, as well as television actors Bailey Chase and Cassidy Freeman.

Starring Robert Taylor (The Matrix), Longmire is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery series of novels by Wyoming-cop-turned-novelist, Craig Johnson. In both the novels and the pilot, Longmire is a charming individual dedicated to upholding the law in Absaroka County (located near Yellowstone, in the northwestern part of the state). Having been recently widowed, Longmire conceals his pain through clever witticisms and by burying himself in his work.

Sackhoff will play Vic, who, after working as a Philadelphia homicide detective for the past few years, has been transplanted to Wyoming as one of Walt’s new deputies. As fans have come to expect from Sackhoff, with her roles on Battlestar Galactica, 24 and CSI, the actress’ character will find herself in a male-dominated profession where her looks could be considered a detriment, if not for her overwhelming competence on the job. Of course, there will be plenty of romantic tension between Walt and Vic, beneath the witty repartee that exists between them.

While Sackhoff’s casting is the biggest news surrounding the series thus far (perhaps because she didn’t jump into Ron Moore’s 17th Precinct with the rest of her BSG shipmates), the rest of Longmire’s cast is being rounded out quite nicely.

Robert Taylor AE pilot Longmire A&Es ‘Longmire’ Adds Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips & More

Robert Taylor (on Agent Smith’s left) will star in ‘Longmire’ on A&E

Bailey Chase of TNT’s Saving Grace will join Sackhoff and Taylor as Longmire’s other deputy, while the aforementioned Phillips will make a quick jump from playing soldier on the soon-to-be-ending SGU Stargate Universe to playing Walt Longmire’s best friend. Meanwhile, Smallville’s very own Tess Mercer (Freeman) will be Walt’s daughter.

Longmire sounds a lot like FX’s Justified, in both concept and origin (also having been adapted from a pre-existing story). While this could undermine the show’s chances at a series order, it’s more likely that A&E believes any similarity will compel fans of the Timothy Olyphant hit to tune in to their modern day western.

Source: TV Line, Deadline

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  1. I’ll watch this just for the fact that Cassidy Freeman is in it. The woman is Hot!

  2. I’m not familiar with this actress but I have read all of the Longmire books by Craig Johnson and the character of Victoria Moretti is Italian. Sachoff is lovely and, I assume, a good actress, but she doesn’t look right for the part at all. However, if she can pull of the “character” of Vic, I’ll not let that bother me.

  3. What a joke. “Veteran actor Lou Diamond Phillips” is not a veteran at all. A&E should be ashamed of themselves.

  4. I always question the cast selection. None of the actors fit my mind’s eye. Taylor is not old enough or beat up enough. Phills is too small in built and apearence. For those of us who have read Johnson’s novels, this is hard to get over, the show is starting in the hole.

  5. I know nothing of the novels. A&E’s promos for this show look terrific and the show should make the exceptions by the above commentators short lived.

  6. I am a Manager of a bookstore and Craig Johnson’s books came in so I gave them a try…found I couldn’t put them down. So glad to see a series coming. Our customers really enjoy the books…the characters are so real! Am waiting anxiously to see how the shows turn out! It’s about time we had something GOOD to watch!

  7. The casting is extremely poor for the Longmire series. Lou Diamond Phillips is so off from the character described in the book I can hardly watch the show. The Native-American in the book was always described as tall and impressive. Lou Diamond Phillips looks like some Latin backup dancer.

    The actress for Vic is also way off from the Italian character described in the books. Shame on you for such poor casting that I can hardly watch the series. Truly need to recast this show before next season if Longmire can make it to the end of the first season.

  8. Is Longmire, going to have a 2nd season? Loved the show, would like to see it living on!

  9. Looks like they recasted the tough blonde cop. I think it was a different actress last season.

  10. Where can I get an address to obtain autographs of the cast of Longmire?

  11. Why does Katy wear her uniform blouse unbuttoned so far? No police officer could get away with that, they all have a dress code

  12. This is a great series and I’ve thought about reading the books but from the complaints of those that have read the books I think I’ll pass. I’m enjoying the series too much.

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