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George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers TV series casts 24 alum Phillip Rhys

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Feb 1, 2018

SYFY's adaptation of George R.R. Martin's Nightflyers is coming together as Phillip Rhys (Reza Naiyeer on the original 24 and Ramone on Doctor Who) has been cast in a recurring role, reports Deadline. The show got a straight-to-series order in September and will be based on Martin's 1980 novella about a group of scientists (and one telepath) heading into deep space on a ship named "Nightflyer" to find alien life, but end up mistrusting one another after strange things begin to happen.

So, a mix of Event Horizon, The Thing, and Carrie? We're so in! Nightflyers is also famously set in the author's "Thousand Worlds" universe. According to the report, Rhys will assume the role of Murphy, a tech engineer who becomes somewhat unhinged after learning that a telepath is aboard the ship.

Season 1 will be shot in Ireland and consist of 10 episodes. Netflix is co-producing the venture and has first dibs on rights outside of the U.S. Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) and the writer of the 1987 film adaptation of the novella, Robert Jaffe, are on board the creative team as producers, as well. 

The rest of the cast includes: Gretchen Mol (Boardwalk Empire), Eoin Macken (The Night Shift), David Ajala (Falling Water), Sam Strike (Timeless), Maya Eshet (Teen Wolf), Angus Sampson (Fargo), Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship), and Brían F. O'Byrne (The Magicians).