’12 Monkeys’ Recruits ‘Battlestar Galactica’s’ James Callis

By December 9, 2016


So what has the man behind Dr. Gaius Baltar been doing lately? Taking on a recurring role in the upcoming third season of Syfy’s 12 Monkeys, of course.

James Callis will play what series executive producer Terry Matalas tells Entertainment Weekly will be a “highly anticipated and pivotal new character to our series’ mythology.”

In fact, Callis will play a man who is “rebellious” and “enigmatic,” and who was raised throughout history by the Army of the 12 Monkeys.

Even more, Callis will “change everything” for James Cole and Cassandra Railly, played by Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull.

According to Syfy, the third season finds Cole and Railly embarking on a desperate search across time to find the man responsible for the apocalypse, a time-traveler who calls himself the Witness. Killing the Witness will mean saving the world, but the journey will come at tremendous personal stakes for the two, and will call into question new alliances, old bonds and the virtue of the mission itself.

We joke that Callis has been missing in action lately, but in reality, he hasn’t. The London-born actor has had recurring roles in a number of television series recently including Roberto Orci’s Matador for El Rey Network, the Australian miniseries Gallipoli and the short-lived NBC series A.D. The Bible Continues.

Callis also reprised his role of Tom in Bridget Jones’s Baby, which hit theaters last September. He’s also recently finished filming on the thriller House by the Lake.

And Callis will actually be the second Battlestar Galactica alum to find 12 Monkeys. Michael Hogan, who played Col. Saul Tigh, was in the show’s second season as Dr. David Eckland.

The series already plans to welcome Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd.

Syfy hasn’t set a premiere date for Season 3 of 12 Monkeys, but it’s expected to happen sometime next spring.

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