With production getting underway today in snowy Toronto, Defiance has officially begun the countdown to a third 13-episode season this summer.
Following the events of the season two cliffhanger finale, season three will open on the eve of an impending military siege upon the town, which has fallen on hard times following the collapse of its lucrative mines. With their fate uncertain, the townspeople face further threat with the surprise arrival of the mysterious and nearly extinct Omec, an alien race of warriors marked by the decades of subjugation they imposed upon the galaxy in the years preceding the Pale Wars.
New cast additions have also been announced for the upcoming season.
Lee Tergesen will portray General Rahm Tak, a ruthless, arrogant leader in the Votanis Collective who sees Defiance, now free of Earth Republic oversight, a symbolic target in his unrelenting pursuit of power. A Castithan, Rahm is a well-read, brilliant strategist who imposes his army upon the town with decisive force.
Conrad Coates takes on the role of T’evgin, the leader of the Omec who reluctantly carries the burden of his species’ survival on his shoulders.
Nichole Galicia rounds out the cast of newcomers as Kindzi, the fierce, beautiful and tough daughter of the Omec leader T’evgin; she is his second in command and a skilled fighter unafraid of danger.
Along with these new faces, Grant Bowler returns as Nolan, along with Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa Nolan, Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley and Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr.
The cast also features Trenna Keating as Doc Yewll and Anna Hopkins as Berlin.
Kevin Murphy (Desperate Housewives, Caprica) resumes his role as executive producer and showrunner. Smallville’s Darren Swimmer and Todd Slavkin return as executive producers for season two and Anupam Nigam serves as co-executive producer. Michael Nankin (co-executive producer) is set to direct the season three opener.
Season three of Defiance is set to premiere on Syfy in Summer 2015.