Pilot Scoop: Nikita's Aaron Stanford Lands Bruce Willis Role in Syfy's 12 Monkeys

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aaron stanford 12 monkeysAnother Nikita star is off the market.

Aaron Stanford, who plays tech God Birkhoff on the about-to-conclude CW drama, has landed the lead role in Syfy’s 12 Monkeys pilot, TVLine has learned.

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An adaptation of the 1995 Terry Gilliam film, Monkeys follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will eventually decimate the human race.

Standford will play said time traveler Cole — aka the Brice Willis role.

Additionally, Amanda Schull  (SuitsPretty Little Liars, Center Stage) has been cast as Cassandra Railly, a brilliant doctor who is forced to choose between her idyllic life or joining Cole’s mission to uncover the dangerous conspiracy.

Filming on the pilot, which was penned by former Nikita scribes Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, is set to begin this month, with 12 Monkeys movie producer Charles Roven on board as an EP.

The news comes just days after Standford’s Nikita co-star, Shane West, was cast as the lead in WGN America’s first scripted series Salem.

Nikita‘s final season premieres on Nov. 22 on The CW.

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Comments (7)

  • It’s nice that the Nikita cast are lining up jobs. Congrats to them and I’m really looking forward to the final season, although I’m grateful that fans got the chance to see a wrap up story, I’d hoped for at least 10 episodes, but oh, well. I hope that Lynsey Fonseca will get something soon since she’s a great actress.

    Comment by Marc – November 4, 2013 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Never heard of 12 Monkeys, but I’m definitely interested now!

    Comment by kavyn – November 4, 2013 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Never heard of?? Definitely check it out, it’s a great sci-fi film with some excellent acting from Brad Pitt.

      Comment by Brooke – November 4, 2013 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would’ve thought he was a better choice for Brad Pitt’s character…

    Comment by Delirious – November 4, 2013 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I saw the picture above and was going to say the same thing.

      Mind you Brad’s shoes are going to be pretty hard to fill. His performance is really the best part of the film. I don’t know that Aaron Stanford could pull off the role.

      Comment by Dr. M – November 4, 2013 08:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yay!!! Congrats to Aaron Stanford. Amazing actor!!!!!

    Comment by Lisa – November 4, 2013 01:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • > An adaptation of the 1995 Terry Gilliam film, Monkeys follows the journey of a time traveler

    what? Monkeys? It should be 12 Monkeys

    >Standford will play said time traveler Cole — aka the Brice Willis role.

    who ist Brice Willis?

    i dont like this at all…

    Comment by meister_yo – December 9, 2013 03:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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