Pandora, the CW’s upcoming summer sci-fi action series, from Mark A. Altman and Steve Kriozere (ABC’s Castle), is the futuristic sci-fi series looking to take viewers on a full-throttle, strange and unique adventure set in the distant future. Aliens, super-powered students, and mysterious teachers are wrapped up in political intrigue and we have everything you need to know before it’s mid-July premiere!
Set in the year 2199, Pandora centers on Jax (aka Pandora) a resourceful young woman who has lost everything after the death of her parents but finds a new life at Earth’s Space Training Academy where she and her friends learn to defend the Galaxy from threats, both alien and human. When secrets about the nature of her own identity begin to surface, she must uncover the truth, and whether she will be humanity’s savior or the instrument of its destruction.
You can check out a short promo for Pandora below:
The Cast And Characters
The new series stars an eclectic cast of up-and-comers and fantastic character actors that range from some of the best genre shows on TV.
Priscilla Quintana (Polaroid, Traffik) plays Jax, the smart, naturally inquisitive, empowered (with a quick acerbic wit) lead who is suffering from the traumatic death of her parents. Jax’s world is about to be turned upside down, even more, when she discovers that her whole life is a lie.
Oliver Dench (Technology) plays Xander Duvall a brilliant and mysterious teacher’s assistant to Professor Donovan Osborn. Duvall’s name is actually a cover for his real role as a top operative in the Earth Confederacy Intelligence Services where his loyalties are tested between his obligation to Osborn and his love for Jax.
Raechelle Banno (Home and Away, a show that has brought up some of the best contemporary actors and movie stars from Australia over the last two decades) plays Atria Nine. A bubbly, very loquacious, free-spirited, sexually fluid, purple-haired young woman, Atria Nine has a strange symbol tattooed on her neck denoting she is a clone who was once the property of the Adari sect. She has emancipated herself from the theocracy at great cost, both physically and emotionally. Although she comes across as amazingly upbeat, optimistic, and sweet, her cheery disposition hides a darkness in her soul… perhaps because she often wonders as a clone if she truly has one.
John Harlan Kim (The Librarians) plays Greg Li, a brilliant medical student who is smart, laconic and charming as hell. His laid back manner belies his incredible, sharp intelligence and effortless charisma. Focused on his career, he discovers a kindred spirit in Jax.
Ben Radcliffe (Random) slides into the role of Ralen, the son of the Zatarian ambassador, a humanoid alien species and former adversary of the Earth Confederacy, who must confront prejudice and hatred at the Academy from those who still blame the Zatarians for the brutal war between Earth and Zatar that only ended a few years earlier when the two warring races signed an armistice. The first Zatarian to ever matriculate at the Academy, Ralen isn’t trusted by most. Jax, however, is willing to give Ralen a chance even as the audience will question Ralen’s loyalties and motives throughout the series.
Banita Sandhu (October) takes on the role of Delaney Pilar, Jax’s roommate. A brilliant, nannite-enhanced woman with cybernetic implants who is able to process information more quickly as she is perpetually connected to the Datastream. Because of her enhanced abilities, Pilar initially comes off as aloof and egotistical around others. Although her implants allow her to access the Datastream and the group mind of those in the Datacore, Pilar begins to question the decision to give up her individuality to the hive mind as a young child.
Martin Bobb-Semple (Free Rein) is playing Thomas James Ross, the driven wannabe fighter pilot who discovers his true abilities and values. Thomas is the son of a telepath who was genetically engineered during the war with the Zatarians and retains some of his father’s esper abilities. Thomas, however, actually wants nothing to do with his estranged father who squanders his powers on gambling and seduction.
Finally, Noah Huntley (The Royals, 28 Days Later…) is playing Professor Donovan Osborn who is described as a “force of nature.” Osborn is Jax’s Uncle and the Academy’s most respected and terrifying teacher. He is arrogant and demanding, but also brilliant and incredibly intimidating. But his role as a professor is only cover for his more pressing responsibilities in the Earth Intelligence Services.
Pandora is created by Mark A. Altman and is being produced by Altman and Steve Kriozere, best known for the popular series Castle and The Librarians, along with work on NCIS and Necessary Roughness. The series is produced by Radioactive Fishtank, Vital Signs Entertainment, and Starlings Television.
Altman has been a writer, producer, and author for several decades. A man with deep geek cred, Altman’s first film was the award-winning romantic comedy, Free Enterprise, starring William Shatner and Eric McCormack, and his bestselling two-volume oral history of Star Trek, The Fifty Year Mission, was an all-encompassing must-read for Trek fans worldwide. Behind the camera, he’s also been the producer of such video game-to-film adaptations like House of the Dead and DOA and the co-creator and executive producer of the international hit TV series Femme Fatales, which was steeped in classic film noir and pulp fiction and aired on Cinemax.
In addition to Atman’s credits on many of the above series, Steve Kriozere has also been instrumental in bringing myriad of popular series to the small screen, both as a producer and writer. Kriozere co-wrote the first episode of Pandora, titled: “Shelter From The Storm” with Altman. Considering his writing work on NCIS and long-standing partnership with Altman, the two are overseeing the majority of the teleplays for the first season of Pandora, lending the series a strong narrative through-line.
Speaking of that first episode of Pandora, “Shelter From The Storm” is being directed by Steve Hughes. Hughes is a veteran director of over 100 episodes of Television. The lead director of CBBC’s critically acclaimed anthology series Creeped Out, currently showing on Netflix around the world, Hughes has directed everything from episodes of Doctor Who, Wolfblood, Casualty, The Athena, Midsomer Murders, and Land Girls, to being the 2nd unit director on Strike Back, Killing Eve and The Feed. Known for his cinematic quality and lightness of touch, Hughes brings strong performances to strong creative narratives, making him a perfect fit for Pandora.
The third episode, titled “Masters Of War,” is directed by Christian Gossett, creator of The Red Star, as he makes he television directing debut. Gossett has been posting about the show on his Instagram page, where he seemed very excited…
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Pandora CW Cast part 2: When I was hired to direct an episode of the new CW show Pandora, premiering Tuesday July 16th at 8pm, one of my first thoughts was ‘I wonder who they will find to play the lead?’ – no part of my imagination could have predicted the force of nature that is Priscilla Quintana. Take after take my jaw hits the floor from what she can create on camera. #pandoracw #setlife #director
Both the cast and crew are on display in this sizzle reel for Pandora, which explores both the characters, setting, and production of the new, enticingly cinematic sci-fi series:
San Diego Comic-Con
Fans and viewers will get a chance to dive deeper into the world of Pandora on Friday, July 19th, 7:15pm at Comic-Con in San Diego where the entire cast and creative team will be present to answer any titillating questions from the show’s premiere episode, what’s in store for fans, and what we can expect for the future of these characters.
The CW Network announced a new premiere date for the original summer series. Originally set to premiere at the start of July, Pandora is now set to debut on Tuesday, July 16 at 8:00 pm ET on the CW.
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