EXCLUSIVE: Christopher Egan (NBC’s Kings) has been tapped as the lead in Dominion, Syfy‘s supernatural action drama pilot based on characters from the 2010 feature Legion that starred Paul Bettany. Alan Dale (Ugly Betty) and Tom Wisdom also have been cast in the project set 25 years after the events of the movie. Dominion picks up in the aftermath of a catastrophic war between an army of angels and mankind that has transformed the world. Set against a backdrop of the ultimate celestial battle as it touches down on earth, the series follows the perilous journey of Alex Lannen (Egan), a rebellious young soldier who discovers he’s the unlikely savior of humanity. Dale, repped by APA and Management 360, plays Rysen, the general who led the humans to victory against the angels during the Extermination War. Now ruler of Vega (once known as Las Vegas), one of four cities left standing after the war, Rysen finds himself negotiating politics in the heavily militarized city, maintaining calm over its stratified society and keeping a watchful eye on his daughter, Claire. Wisdom, repped by UTA, Emptage Hallett and Affirmative Entertainment, plays Michael, the greatest of the warrior archangels who was instrumental in helping humanity defeat the angels during the war. Michael is now entrenched in Vega, using his superior supernatural abilities to defend the city’s inhabitants from enemy attacks. The role was played by Bettany in the movie.

Scott Stewart, who co-wrote and directed Legion, is back to direct the pilot from a script by Vaun Wilmott. Stewart executive produces with Michel Litvak and David Lancaster of Bold Films, who produced the movie; Wilmott co-executive produces. Produced by Universal Cable Prods, the pilot is set to begin shooting later this month in Cape Town, South Africa. Egan, who starred in the ABC pilot Gothica this past season, is with WME and Anonymous.