James Murray Joins Syfy’s ‘Defiance’ As Series Regular

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British actor James Murray (Primeval) has joined Syfy’s Defiance as a series regular for its upcoming second season, TVWise has confirmed.

Murray, as first reported by Deadline, has been cast as Niles Pottinger, who is appointed as the new Mayor of Defiance, replacing Datak Tarr who murdered Colonel Marsh of the Earth Republic in the season one finale.

Developed for television by Rockne S. O’Bannon, Kevin Murphy & Michael Taylor, Defiance is set in the near future and introduces a world where humans and aliens must learn to live together on an exotic new Earth that has been transformed by alien terra-forming machines. The series follows the residents of town called Defiance as they go about their daily lives in this new world. The drama series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Grant Bowler, Tony Curran, Julie Benz, Jaime Murray, Mia Kirshner and Graham Greene. Defiance is not merely a TV series but a multi-platform project encompassing both an MMO game and Syfy’s weekly TV series, in which events in one world can and will directly affect the other. Sources say that the project cost Syfy and Trion somewhere in the realm of $100 million, with Syfy having been locked in for two seasons from day one (just as they were for Stargate: Universe).