Lost vet Fionnula Flanagan and Vampire Diaries alumna Mia Kirshner have been added to the cast of Syfy’s upcoming series Defiance.
Set in a dystopian future, the drama finds humans and aliens coexisting on a war-ravaged Earth that has been transformed by terra-forming machines.
Per Deadline, Flanagan joins as the popular ex-mayor of Defiance (the titular town), who now acts as a mentor to her successor, played by Julie Benz (Dexter). Kirshner, meanwhile, will play the city’s “self-assured” madam.
Grant Bowler (True Blood) was previously cast as the series’ lead, the Chief Lawkeeper in the aforementioned boomtown, with Jaime Murray (Ringer) playing a member of an elite alien race.
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