Ron Moore's Syfy series Helix nabs everyone's favorite Borg: Jeri Ryan!

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Oct 8, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

Two of our favorite sci-fi icons are teaming up on Syfy. 

We were already excited that Ron Moore was spearheading a new scripted sci-fi drama, Helix, which will weave the tale of a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control unraveling the mystery of a possible disease outbreak.

And while we expect government conspiracies, potential total annihilation and maybe a rogue Cylon hiding in the background, one thing we were not anticipating was this exciting new casting -- Star Trek: Voyager's own Jeri Ryan has officially joined the cast.

The former Borg will be taking on the role of Constance Sutton, the chief operating officer of Ilaria Corporation, owner of Arctic Biosystems.  She's been described as "charming and savvy, (and) used to getting her way at any cost."

Ryan landed the Helix gig hot on the heels of her last show, Body of Proof, coming to an end after three seasons. We have to say, we're very pleased to see her returning to the sci-fi shores. After playing Seven of Nine for so many years, Ryan had been sticking mostly to more slice-of-life fare. And while we don't anticipate cybernetic implants or cat suits (what was the scientific explanation for that outfit again?), we imagine that strong, willful attitude Ryan brought to Voyager will be back again on Helix.

Ryan rounds out the current cast of Billy Campbell (The Killing, Killing Lincoln) and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, 47 Ronin).

Helix is set to debut its 13-episode season in January 2014.

(via TV By the Numbers)