10/04/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin
New TV series of Flash Gordon slated to premiere in August 2007. Actor Eric Johnson has been cast in the title role of the SCIFI Channel's newest original action-adventure series, Flash Gordon. The modern day retelling of the classic science fiction comic strip franchise will begin production in May 2007 with an eye toward an August 2007 premiere.
Placing a 21st century spin on a science fiction classic, SCIFI's contemporised version of Flash Gordon follows the adventures of Flash (Johnson) and his companions, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov. Ordinary people thrust into extraordinary circumstances, they find themselves as Earth's last line of defence against the forces of the merciless dictator Ming.
The first two episodes of Flash Gordon are being written by Peter Hume (Charmed, Cruel Intentions II) and directed by Rick Rosenthal. Additional casting is currently underway.
Under an agreement with property owner King Features Syndicate, the new series is being produced by Matthew O'Connor and Tom Rowe. RHI's Robert Halmi, Sr. and Robert Halmi, Jr. (Tin Man, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven, The Ten Commandments), who previously produced SCIFI's miniseries Legend of Earthsea, will serve as Executive Producers on the series.
Canadian actor Eric Johnson is best recognised for his role as Whitney Fordman on Smallville, a character he portrayed for three years (2001-2004). His career began over a decade ago, when he landed the role of teen Tristan, the younger counterpart to Brad Pitt in the film Legends of the Fall.
Prior to and following Smallville, he worked in a number of films, including Texas Rangers, Question of Privilege, Stealing Sinatra and Bang Bang You're Dead. Most recently, Johnson made guest starring appearances in several television series, including Criminal Minds, The Dead Zone, Ghost Whisperer and The Unit.
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