Christopher Lloyd turns 78 this weekend, but age isn’t slowing the actor down. In fact, he’s making a big return to geekdom, popping up in the third season of Syfy’s 12 Monkeys.
Sadly, it’s only a guest role. But one that, at least according to The Hollywood Reporter, fans might enjoy seeing.
Lloyd will play Zalmon Shaw, a charming but deadly cult leader who preys upon other’s tragedies and losses in order to recruit new members into the apocalyptic cult, the “Army of the 12 Monkeys.”
The biggest revelation, of course, is that Lloyd will play the father of 12 Monkeys’ big bad, Tom Noonan’s Pallid Man. The parentage of the mysterious villain has been very cloudy, much like all the other details of this character – so any revelations in Pallid Man’s backstory is huge.
It’s hard to imagine Lloyd being the lovable and hyper Dr. Emmett Brown in the Back to the Future film trilogy. But he’s no stranger in playing villains.
In fact, one of his first roles after the comedy Taxi ended in 1983 was as the Klingon Cmdr. Kruge in 1984’s Star Trek III: The Search For Spock. After his crew is ambushed inside an exploding USS Enterprise, Kruge heads to the Genesis Planet’s surface to face William Shatner’s Capt. Kirk once and for all (spoiler: Kirk wins).
A few years later, in 1988, he played Judge Doom in the live-action/animation hybrid film Who Framed Roger Rabbit? His plan there was not to kill Kirk’s son, but instead to erase Toontown so that he can build an interstate highway through it. Yes, really. An interstate. Those were important in the 1940s, we guess.
Anyway, THR didn’t say which episode Lloyd will pop up in, but production on Season 3 already is under way in Toronto.
Lloyd was nominated for three Emmys throughout his career, and won every time – two for Taxi in the 1980s and one in 1992 for Road to Avonlea.
12 Monkeys was developed by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and is loosely based on the 1995 Bruce Willis film written by David and Janet Peoples (itself based on a 1962 short film).
The Syfy series, which premiered in January 2015, stars Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo and Noah Bean.
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