Tuesday, February 1, 2011

‘Torchwood: The New World’ Adds New Castmembers

Writer Jane Espenson Tweets A Photo from the Set

Production on the new Torchwood spin-off series, which we learned last August would be titled Torchwood: The New World, is moving ahead nicely now that new castmembers have been added to the show’s line-up. Writer Jane Espenson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dollhouse) has been posting photos from the Torchwood set on her official Twitter profile giving us a fans a taste of what’s going on as the show films new eps.

Casting continues for Torchwood: The New World, the Starz re-launch of the Doctor Who spinoff. TVLine.com’s Michael Ausiello reveals that Alexa Havins (All My Children) has a lead role on Torchwood, playing Ester Katusi. Ester is a CIA analyst, who works alongside the already-cast Mekhi Phifer, as CIA agent Rex Matheson. Rex and Ester will be teaming with Torchwood veterans Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), when the series returns next summer. Also cast in the season premiere of Torchwood is Dichen Lachman, guest starring in a role Ausiello says details are scarce on, except that her character too works for the CIA. Interestingly, Lachman’s Dollhouse costar Enver Gjokaj was up for the role of Rex, before Phifer was ultimately cast. Perhaps new Torchwood writer Jane Espenson (A veteran of Dollhouse, among many other series) is responsible for pointing the producers in the direction of these talented actors?
As I’ve said all along, I am really excited for this new spin-off series. The fact that our beloved Torchwood characters will be relocating to the US to work with a new set of characters sounds brilliant. With writers like Jane Espenson writing the scripts, well, I have no doubt that the show is going to rule hard! If you are interested in getting some behind-the-scenes tidbits from the set of Torchwood: The New World, I highly suggest you follow Espenson on Twitter. I cannot wait for this show to debut this year :D

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