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Syfy Announces Production Start on THE MAGICIANS

By on August 4, 2015
Pictured: Summer Bishil -- (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/Syfy)

Pictured: Summer Bishil -- (Photo by: Michael Parmelee/Syfy)

Production kicks off today on Syfy’s upcoming drama series The Magicians, an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s bestselling novels.

The new series, which will premiere in January 2016, centers on Quentin, a brilliant grad student chosen to attend Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy, a secret upstate New York university specializing in magic.

He and his 20-something friends soon discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as children is all too real – and poses grave danger to humanity.

The series stars Jason Ralph (as Quentin Coldwater), Stella Maeve (as Julia), Hale Appleman (as Eliot), Arjun Gupta (as Penny) and Summer Bishil (as Margo).

Today’s news came with some additional casting announcements, and new character bios.

·         Olivia Taylor Dudley as Alice. Dudley who joins as a series regular, plays Alice, an intensely shy and delicately lovely young woman. Born of a magical but neglectful family, Alice is an outcast among her fellow students at Brakebills, but nonetheless emerges as the most brilliant magical practitioner in her class.

Additionally, The Magicians announces the following recurring guest stars for season one:

·         Rick Worthy as Dean Fogg, the formidable Dean of Brakebills — an exacting leader and a keeper of secrets, balancing a great sense of authority with dry wit. Worthy is best known for his roles in Battlestar Galactica as Simon and Supernatural as the Alpha Vampire. His other recurring roles include Aquarius, The Vampire Diaries, CSI, Heroes, Felicity and Star Trek: Enterprise and Star Trek: Voyager. His upcoming projects include a recurring role on The Man in the High Castle.

·         Anne Dudek as Professor Sunderland, a smart, charmingly scatterbrained woman dedicated to teaching Brakebills students how to hone their magical skills. Dudek is best known for her series regular role on Covert Affairs, as well as recurring roles on House, Mad Men, Bones, Less Than Perfect, Those Who Kill and Big Love. Dudek’s film roles include Brad Silberling’s 10 Items or Less, Kurt Voelker’s Park and The Wayans Brothers’ White Chicks. She can be seen next in Jenji Kohan’s pilot, The Devil You Know.

·         Jade Tailor as Kady, a tough, rebellious and sexy Brakebills student who attracts Penny’s attention in and out of the classroom. Jade previously worked with The Magicians’s John McNamara and Sera Gamble on their NBC series Aquarius.  Jade also recurs on TNT’s Murder in the First. Other television credits include True Blood and Vegas. She has appeared in countless independent films including Wedding Day, Karma, Losing Control, Don’t Pass Me By, Cam2Cam as well as the upcoming Higher Power, Juke Box Hero, and Wild for the Night.  She has also done numerous musical productions both in New York and LA.

·         Esmé Bianco as Eliza, a paramedic who has a hand in initiating Quentin’s journey into real magic. Bianco is best known for her three season-long role of Ros in Game of Thrones. Her film credits include Burlesque Fairytales, Big I Am and Crowley. She will soon be seen in the movies Scorpion King 4, Living Among Us and Mind Puppets.

You can catch a collection of just-released cast photos in our gallery below.

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THE MAGICIANS -- "Pilot" -- Pictured: Jason Ralph -- (Photo by: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Syfy)