Award-winning Scottish actor Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later) has been cast in the leading role of Dr. David Rush on SCI FI Channel's new original series Stargate Universe, the latest adventure in the Stargate franchise produced by MGM television.
Production will begin in Vancouver, Canada, in February 2009, with an eye to a summer 2009 premiere. Additional casting is currently underway.
Described as edgier and younger in tone than the two previous series, Universe follows a band of soldiers, scientists and civilians who 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 his ulterior motives soon arises.
Brad Wright and Robert Cooper -- co-creators of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, who both currently serve as executive producers on Atlantis -- will serve as executive producers and writers on the new series.
Stargate Universe will debut as a two-hour movie event on SCI FI and will be distributed by MGM Worldwide Television Distribution.
Besides playing a flesh-eating zombie in the 28 Days Later sequel and a naked British postal worker in Full Monty, Carlyle was the famously pain-resistant villain in the 007 movie The World Is Not Enough.