Syfy’s ‘The Expanse’ Adds Shohreh Aghdashloo & Steven Strait

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Syfy’s upcoming space-opera series The Expanse has added two actors to its cast.

Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo, who is arguably best known for her recurring role on the fourth season of 24 as Dina Araz, and Magic City star Steven Strait have boarded the drama, which also stars Hung alum Thomas Jane.

The Expanse is set two hundred years in the future and follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective (Thomas Jane) and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

Shohreh Aghdashloo has been cast as Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks of Earth’s governing body without once standing for election; while Steven Strait will play Holden, the captain of the ice-carrying freighter the Canterbury who finds himself drawn into a dangerous plot.

Based on the book series of the same name, The Expense was adapted by Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby who serve as executive producers alongside Sharon Hall, Andrew Kosove. Broderick Johnson and Naren Shankar. Alcon Television Group is producing the 10 episode series, which is expected to air on the network in 2015.