The mysterious prequel series Stargate Origins is working its way through development, and now the streaming project has announced its main cast — including at least one familiar face.
Australian actress Ellie Gall (Lifetime’s A Midsummer’s Nightmare) will play the lead role of young Catherine Langford, the woman who helped discover the Stargate as a child and kept the program alive for decades until they figured out how to actually make the ‘gate work. Stargate Atlantis alum Connor Trinneer (he played the wraith Michael) will play Catherine’s father, Professor Langford.
The rest of the supporting cast includes: Salome Azizi, Philip Alexander, Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez, Daniel Rashid, Sarah Navratil, Shvan Aladdin, Tonatiuh Elizarraraz, Derek Chariton, Justin Michael Terry, and Lincoln Werner Hoppe.
Stargate Origins will stream on the Stargate Command streaming service, a subscription service that is all Stargate all the time. It features all three series, the films, and some behind-the-scenes goodies for fans — but Origins marks the service’s first original programming. The period-set series follows young Catherine and the “early history” surrounding the Stargate. All we know is that Catherine will undergo an “unexpected adventure” to unlock the mystery of what lies beyond the Stargate as she tries to save the world from “unimaginable darkness.”
What that actually means? No clue. A key part of the Stargate mythos is that nobody could really figure out how to use it until the present day, though the first season of Stargate SG-1 did confirm there were a handful of successful experiments to get the ‘gate to dial back in the 1940s (Catherine’s boyfriend Ernest Littlefield was actually stranded on a planet for decades after traveling through the gate at the time). So perhaps Catherine accidentally activates the ‘gate back in the day and has to stop a new threat?
Whatever direction this thing takes, the pressure is on to deliver a series that will satisfy a fervent fan base starved for fresh stories.
The 10-episode Stargate Origins series is set to launch later this year on Stargate Command.