Robert Carlyle Joins ‘Stargate: Universe’

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stargate universe robert carlyle Robert Carlyle Joins Stargate: UniverseThe Stargate franchise has itself a new leading man.

It was announced today that Scottish actor Robert Carlyle will be cast in the lead role of Dr. David Rush in the upcoming new Sci-Fi Channel series: Stargate: Universe. (SGU)

Even though the studio is looking to make SGU a younger and edgier show in tone than the previous renditions of the franchise, Carlyle will bring the depth and complexity only he can to the show, which is what the creators wanted in their lead character.

If he looks a bit familiar, Carlyle recently appeared on television opposite Keifer Sutherland in 24: Redemption and he has a slew of credits behind him ranging From the British television series Cracker to such movies as 28 Weeks Later. His most recognizable roles stem from his playing Francis Begbie in Trainspotting and as the stripper Gaz in The Full Monty.

Stargate: Universe Outline:
SGU follows a group comprised of soldiers, scientists and civilians who find they must fend for themselves as they are forced through a Stargate when their hidden base comes under attack. The desperate survivors emerge aboard an ancient ship missing in the far reaches of space. As they fight to survive, Dr. Rush (Carlyle) works to unlock the mysteries of the ship and return the group home, but evidence of ulterior motives on his part soon arises.

Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, who have been with the franchise as co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis will serve as executive producers and writers on the new show.

Debut Time Frame:
Production is slated to begin in Vancouver in February 2009 with the hopes of a summer 2009 premiere slot with a two-hour movie event on SCI FI and will be distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.

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  1. I’m shocked they nabbed this dude for the lead. He’s an incredible actor and for me, he can sell this show on his own.

    I’m actually excited to see this now whereas before I didn’t care at all.

  2. I agree Rob. I still look forward to more SG1 movies though. I can’t help it … I’m hooked.

  3. I wish they could have just given us a couple of more seasons of Atlantis instead.

  4. Carlyle should definitely add to the show.

    As far as more, it is what it is gang.
    We’ll have to just enjoy the movies that come down the pipe.

  5. Robert Carlyle is one of the best british actors around, and always gives to the role. He does psychos very well, but can play all sorts.

    Loved him in Ravenous.

    Does make me take this new version more seriously.

  6. Please don’t be Star Trek: Voyager, please don’t be Star Trek: Voyager, please don’t be Star Trek: Voyager…


  7. The StarGate franchise never clicked with me. It will be interesting to see what Carlyle can bring to it.

  8. And that, I believe, is part of the premise of who a studio hires. Actors have their own demographics that will come along for the ride. If they like what they see, that’s more (back) business if the viewers suddenly want to see more of the previous shows and movies.

    I’m getting a general, overall feel that everyone is pretty happy with this lead actor. That’s good. Now we see / hope that Brad Wright and Robert Cooper deliver.

  9. lol, great point Vic seeing how the premise of this show is exactly that.

    I want to see who the supporting cast will be. Will they be any returnees from SG1 or Atlantis? Or are they actually going strict with keeping this separate and distant (literally and figuratively)

  10. Since Stargate have
    _intergalactic ships_ staying
    with Atlantis will make it well,
    Star Trek. Just rename
    USAirForce to Starfleet and rename
    allied races as The Federation.
    (Given Trek has died i’m all for it)

    So SGU might instead give us something we’ve never seen before.
    (Unless we’re counting Dr Who since
    the DRADIS can go anywhere and anywhere
    in the universe)

    SGU can be excellent. Bad. Or both.
    Or neither.
    Either way i like the effort.