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Casting: Alan Tudyk leads Resident Alien cast, Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt board Netflix sci-fi project

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Sep 20, 2018

SYFY casts its Resident Alien pilot, two award-winning actors co-star in a new Netflix sci-fi film, and a former Dexter and Oz star has joined the cast of a topical horror film about police brutality in this edition of SYFY WIRE’s casting roundup. 

Alan Tudyk leads the cast of Resident Alien, SYFY's adaptation of the Dark Horse comic of the same name by co-creators Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse.  

Resident Alien is a darkly comic fish-out-of-water story that follows an alien who crash-lands in a small Colorado town and takes on the identity of the local doctor. There, according to an announcement from SYFY, he "begins to wrestle with the moral dilemma of his secret mission on Earth — ultimately asking the question, 'Are human beings worth saving?'"

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Tudyk, star of Firefly and Rogue One, will portray Harry Vanderspeigle — or rather, as the alien who crashes to earth and takes over the body and identity of small-town Colorado doctor Harry Vanderspeigle. 

Joining Tudyk in the cast are Sara Tomko (Sneaky Pete), who’s been cast as Asta Twelvetrees; Corey Reynolds (The Closer) as Sheriff Mike; Alice Wetterlund (Silicon Valley) as former Olympic snowboarder and current small-town bartender D’arcy; and Levi Fiehler (Mars) as twentysomething small-town mayor Ben Hawthorne.


 

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Next up, Oscar winner Jamie Foxx and Emmy winner Joseph Gordon-Levitt will co-star in Netflix’s untitled sci-fi film. Although Netflix is keeping mum about story details, the streaming service has confirmed that the film is written by Mattson Tomlin (Boy, A Deconstruction of Reality) and directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (of Catfish and Nerve fame). 

Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless’ Screen Arcade will produce as part of their first look deal with Netflix.

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Finally, David Zayas (Dexter, Oz) has been cast in the horror thriller Body Cam for Paramount Players. A representative from Zayas confirmed to SYFY WIRE a report in Deadline, which first issued the news. 

Body Cam — directed by Malik Vitthal — follows a group of LAPD officers haunted by a malevolent spirit after two white cops murder a black youth — which was covered up when a body-cam video that recorded the crime was deliberately destroyed.

Zayas, himself a former New York Police officer, will play Sgt. Kesper. He joins a cast led by Mary J. Blige and Nat Wolff.

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