‘The Expanse’ on SyFy Adds ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Mad Men’ Actors

By Rachel Cruz | 2 years ago
‘The Expanse’ on SyFy Adds ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Mad Men’ Actors

SyFy’s “The Expanse" is the latest drama thriller, which started development over the summer and is already filming in Canada. The latest update about it is that the show has added more key players. Read on to find out who else will be joining the series.

As confirmed by Variety, SyFy has booked “Mad Men” actor Jared Harris and “The Walking Dead” star Chad L. Coleman to join the Thomas Jane starrer “The Expanse.” Harris will play the role of Anderson Dawes, whose character is described as “strangely terrifying.” Dawes will be at odds with Miller (played by Jane) in the series. Coleman, meanwhile, will play the role of Fred Johnson, whose character is tagged as a former Marine who becomes entangled with the insurgency that is happening between Mars and the Earth.


The report does not indicate whether the characters are regulars to the series, but filming will definitely take away a chunk off the actors’ schedules. Harris has no more commitments with “Mad Men." his character on the series met his untimely death before the filming of the show’s final season. Coleman, on the other hand, is still currently active on “The Walking Dead.” Comicbook.com speculates that with Coleman’s addition to this SyFy production, his character’s end in one of the most popular shows on TV today may be coming. The comic book version of "The Walking Dead" already killed off the part he plays.

Meanwhile, apart from Harris and Coleman, “The Expanse” has also cast Kristin Hager (“Being Human”) and Shawn Doyle (“Rookie Blue”) in supporting roles. Hager will play the role of Ade Nyagaard, a naval officer who is tough and strong willed. On the other hand, Doyle will play the role of Secretary Errinwrigth, who has been described as a “consummate politician.”

The story of “The Expanse” is based on a bestselling book written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. Both scribes also serve as the show’s producers. The TV version, however, is written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, and they are also the showrunners.

Set to premiere in 2015, “The Expanse” follows the adventures of a detective and a rogue ship captain, who tracks the whereabouts of a missing heiress. The setting takes place 200 years into the future.  The series was picked up by SyFy last April, and this would be the very first TV show from Alcon Television Group.

We will be keeping tabs on “The Expanse” only here on Movie News Guide (MNG), so keep checking back for updates and news.

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