The controversial FX Alien television show in the works has added another big cast member in the form of Justified and Scream 2 actor Timothy Olyphant.
The as-yet-untitled series will be Olyphant’s second collaboration with showrunner Ryan Hawley, following the actor’s role in season four of the hugely successful Fargo.
Whilst details around the show remain sparse amid the somewhat bad press it has gotten during the SAG-AFTRA strike, a trusted source has dropped a few nuggets.
Olyphant will allegedly play Kirsh, a synthetic human akin to Lance Henriksen’s Bishop or Ian Holm’s Ash. He is said to be a mentor to lead actress Sydney Chandler’s character of Wendy, who is a synthetic hybrid with human DNA. It is also said that Chandler will play the character as having the outward appearance of a grown woman, but with the mind of a child.
Olyphant’s casting marks the first positive news regarding this project in quite a while. Last we reported was the addition of The Babadook star Essie Davis, shortly before production was forced to shut down.
The Alien series has proved troublesome for FX due to production’s attempts to skirt around the restrictions put on Hollywood during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Whilst any project containing union actors and based in the US was forced to halt, Alien attempted to continue, filming in Thailand and comprising of a largely non-union cast and crew.
However, production did concede defeat once no longer able to shoot around the absence of lead Sydney Chandler, a SAG-AFTRA union member. Production subsequently shut down in late August, only recently resuming.
The continuation of such a high-profile project whilst Hollywood was at a standstill has attracted considerable negative attention. FX have refused to comment on the situation, and it is hoped that the announcement of some more high-profile names will attract some much-needed positive publicity toward the project.
However, we’ll just have to wait and see.