Syfy has locked down the main cast for its upcoming drama series Helix, which just entered production in Montreal, Canada and is being eyed for a January 2014 premiere.
Billy Campbell (The Killing), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Kyra Zagorsky (Soldiers of the Apocalypse), Mark Ghanimé , Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street), Meegwun Fairbrother, Catherine Lemieux (White House Down) and Neil Napier (Riddick) have all been cast as regulars in the 13 episode skein.
Campbell has been cast as Dr Alan Farragut, leader of the Centers for Disease Control outbreak field team called upon to investigate and control a potential “hot zone” at a remote Arctic research facility; Sanada as Dr Hiroshi Hataki, director of the outpost and its mysterious viral research program; Zagorsky as Dr Julia Walker; Ghanimé as Major Sergio Balleseros,; Hayes as Dr Sarah Jordan; Fairbrother as Daniel Aerov; Lemieux as Dr Doreen Boyle and Napier as Dr Peter Farragut.
Created by Ronald D. Moore, Helix follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that may hold the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation. However, the lethal threat is just the tip of the iceberg, and as the virus evolves, the chilling truth begins to unravel. The drama series is being produced by Tall Ship Productions, Kaji Productions and Lynda Obst Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television with Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica), Lynda Obst (Sleepless in Seattle, Contact), Steven Maeda (The X-Files) and Cameron Porsandeh serving as executive producers. Jeffrey Reiner is attached to direct the premiere episode.