Originally published on June 22, 2011
Exclusive: Last June, Syfy and Trion Games announced Defiance, a joint MMO video game and TV series. At the time little was released about the proposed TV tie-in other than the fact that it was being penned by Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape) and being produced by Universal Cable Productions. This was not the first time Syfy had teamed up with a video games studio to create a TV tie-in, they did something similar with THQ last year for Red Faction. When Defiance was initially announced,it was unclear whether this was a pilot or a full on series, however, more details were released a few weeks ago when Syfy announced that Grant Bowler had been cast as Jeb Nolan in the series.
Syfy’s press release announcing the casting stated: “Set in the near future, Defiance introduces a world where humans and aliens must learn to live together on an exotic new Earth that has been transformed by alien terra-forming machines. Bowler plays Jeb Nolan, the law keeper in a bustling frontier boomtown that is one of the new world’s few oasis of civility and inclusion. Nolan is a former Marine who fought in the alien conflict and suffered the loss of his wife and child in the war. The trauma transformed him into a lone wanderer in the wilds of this new and dangerous world, bringing him to the town where his peacekeeping skills make him a valuable addition this new community. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe, evolving together over time to tell an overall story that is more powerful together.”
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