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

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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7 Comments
  1. Marc says:

    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.

  2. kavyn says:

    Never heard of 12 Monkeys, but I’m definitely interested now!

  3. Delirious says:

    I would’ve thought he was a better choice for Brad Pitt’s character…

    • Dr. M says:

      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.

  4. Lisa says:

    Yay!!! Congrats to Aaron Stanford. Amazing actor!!!!!

  5. meister_yo says:

    > 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…