1st production pic (plus new details) for Ron Moore's Helix series

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Jul 25, 2016, 3:29 PM EDT (Updated)

After all the buzz the past few months, production is finally underway on Ronald D. Moore’s new Syfy series Helix. Want to see the first tantalizing pic?

The network has announced that work on the first 13-episode season started this past weekend in Montreal, Canada. Battlestar Galactica alum Moore is joined behind the camera by Steven Maeda (Lost, The X-Files), Lynda Obst (Contact) and Cameron Porsandeh.

A new, expanded synopsis has also been released for the high-concept sci-fi drama. Check it out below, along with an updated cast list:

Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind's salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel.

Billy Campbell (The Killing, Killing Lincoln) stars as Dr. Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential "hot zone" at a remote Arctic research facility. Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin) also stars as Dr. Hiroshi Hataki, director of the outpost and its mysterious viral research program.

Helix also stars Kyra Zagorsky ("Soldiers of the Apocalypse") as Dr. Julia Walker, Mark Ghanimé (Emily Owens, M.D.) as Major Sergio Balleseros, Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street) as Dr. Sarah Jordan, Meegwun Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov, Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) as Dr. Doreen Boyle and Neil Napier Riddick) as Dr. Peter Farragut.

The series is expected to debut in 2014. The first tantalizing pic from production has also been released, and though it doesn’t show much — it still has us excited to know the project is finally becoming a reality. 

(Via Syfy)