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12 Monkeys Casts Back to the Future's Christopher Lloyd as [Spoiler]'s Father

For its next adventure, 12 Monkeys has enlisted someone with plenty of time-traveling experience: Back to the Future star Christopher Lloyd.

The actor will guest-star during Season 3 of the Syfy series as the villainous Pallid Man’s father, the network announced Wednesday.

Lloyd’s Zalmon Shaw is described as a charming but deadly cult leader who preys upon others’ tragedies and losses in order to recruit new members into The Army of the 12 Monkeys.

Although synonymous with the Back to the Future franchise, Lloyd is also known for his Emmy-winning work on the TV series Taxi.

In Season 3 of 12 Monkeys — which will also feature co-creator Terry Matalas’ directorial debut — “James Cole and Cassandra Railly embark on a desperate search across time to find the man responsible for the apocalypse, a time traveler who calls himself the Witness,” according to the official description. “Killing the Witness will mean saving the world. But the journey will come at tremendous personal stakes for both Cole and Railly and will call into question new alliances, old bonds, and the virtue of the mission itself.”

Great Scott! What do you think of this casting coup?

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  1. Luis Roman says:


  2. NC says:

    I love 12 Monkeys!!! This news is so awesome! Can’t wait until it returns!!!

  3. Patty says:

    So great. Who better to star in a time-travel show than Doc Brown himself

  4. Bella says:

    This is absolutely delightful.

  5. Brigid says:

    Unfortunately I don’t watch 12 Monkeys but I had to come on here and just mention that I LOVE Christopher Lloyd. Reverand Jim Ignatowski is one of the funniest characters to grace my TV.

  6. Joey Padron says:

    Great casting news for new season. Can’t wait to see him on the show next year!

  7. mary says:

    LUV IT!!!

  8. One of the fabulous leads from my favourite film appearing in my favourite TV show.. talk about making my day!!

    This is exactly the kind of thing Syfy needed to do – if Christopher Lloyd reckons the show is good enough to grace his time with (and I’m quite sure he’s in a position to turn roles down if he doesn’t like them) then that’s a huge amount of positive PR. Fingers crossed it’ll help bring in a load of new viewers who may not have even heard of the show, but caught sight of his name and decided to find out more! They won’t be disappointed :-)

  9. kate says:

    Though that official description is odd (and maybe just for new viewers) because those of us who have watched it all along, we know who the Witness is (and its very sad).

  10. jonshaas says:

    Can you tell us when 12 Monkeys will be back on this year? Thanks.