Nikita co-star Aaron Stanford and Suits recurring player Amanda Schull have been cast as the leads of 12 Monkeys, Syfy‘s drama pilot based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam movie starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. Natalie Chaidez (In Plain Sight) has joined the project as executive producer/showrunner and Jeffrey Reiner (Helix) as director/executive producer. Produced by Universal Cable Prods. and the movie’s producer Atlas Entertainment, 12 Monkeys follows the journey of Cole (Stanford), a desperate and haunted time traveler from the post-apocalyptic near future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race. Schull, repped by Innovative Artists and Sweeney Entertainment, will play Cassandra Railly, a brilliant doctor who is forced to choose between her idyllic life or joining Cole’s mission to uncover the dangerous conspiracy. Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett wrote the script and co-executive produce. Atlas Entertainment’s Charles Roven and Richard Suckle executive produce. Filming is slated to begin in December in Detroit. Stanford is the second Nikita cast member to book a new project in light of the CW’s upcoming conclusion. Shane West was just set as the male lead on the WGN America series Salem.
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