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Luke Pasqualino, who played Freddie for two seasons on the U.K. teen drama Skins, will star as young William Adama in Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica prequel Blood and Chrome, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Ben Cotton, who appeared in Hellcats and Caprica, has been cast as the other lead, a seasoned officer who comes into conflict with the young pilot.
Set during the 10th year of the First Cylon War, Blood and Chrome follows an inexperienced young viper pilot who finds himself assigned to the newest battlestar in the Colonial fleet … the Galactica. A recent academy graduate, Adama is described as a cocky and fearless jock akin to Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun. The young version of Edward James Olmos’ character was portrayed by Nico Cortez in the 2007 television movie Battlestar Galactica: Razor.
Cotton will play Coker Fasjovik, a battle-weary electronic countermeasures officer who’s supposed to be heading for home after just 45 days of fighting.
Syfy greenlit the two-hour pilot, from executive producer David Eick, in October. Michael Taylor (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica) wrote the screenplay from a story by Eick, Taylor and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle (Battlestar Galactica).