Julie Benz To Star in New Syfy Series Defiance
Julie Benz, Jaime Murray, Tony Curran, Stephanie Leonidas, Grant Bowler
Defiance, the new Syfy US series that’s been created by Farscape’s Rockne S O’Bannon, is snapping up fave cult TV actors like it’s at a Buy More clearance sale.
The latest additions to the cast are Julie Benz (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dexter, No Ordinary Family), Tony Curran (Van Gogh in Doctor Who’s “Vincent And The Doctor”, 24), Jaime Murray (Hustle, Warehouse 13, Dexter, Spartacus) and Stephanie Leonidas (Mirrormask, Eternal Law). They join the previously-announced Grant Bowler (werewolf pack leader Cooter in True Blood season three).
Set on a future Earth (and developed alongside an accompanying online game) Defiance is set in a world where humans and aliens live together on a planet ravaged by decades of war and transformed by alien terra-forming machines.
Bowler plays Jeb Nolan, the law-keeper in a bustling frontier boom town that’s one of the new world’s few oasis of civility and inclusion. Benz plays Amanda Rosewater, the idealistic newly appointed mayor who’s determined to maintain peace in the community. Leonidas is Irisa, a beautiful warrior from an alien race called the Irathients, who was orphaned and raised by Nolamn. Curran plays Datak Tarr, a member of another elite alien race known as the Castithans who schemed his way off his home planet before it was destroyed. Murray will play Datak’s wife.
Scott Stewart (Legion/Priest) will direct Defiance, slated to begin production in April in Toronto.