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  • Nov 04 2019 TV Season Spoiler

    Another Life Season 2: Renewed By Netflix, Production In 2020, Plot Details And Release Date

    By Divya Tiwari / November 1, 2019

    All the questions left unanswered will get their answers in the next installment of Another Life. Netflix recently renewed the show for its upcoming season, Another Life Season 2. Since its debut on the streaming service, fans are all in the dilemma of will or will not the show receive renewal. And finally, they got Another Life.

    Created by Aaron Martin, Another Life is a sci-fi series of Netflix. The show is led by Katie Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) as Astronaut Niko Breckinridge. Niko, along with her astronaut team launch in the ship, Salvare, on a mission to find intelligent life in space. They were searching the source for a mysterious alien artifact that appeared on Earth. However, on their journey, the crew of Salvare ends up dealing with catastrophic danger, and possibly, no-return trip.

    The renewal for the show came three months after the debut of the sci-fi series on the streaming service. Star of the show, Sackhoff confirmed the news herself through her official Twitter handle. She shared a clip of every time the word ‘two/to/too’ was used in the first season. Although the first season received mostly negative reviews from the critics, the fans loved the show, and that is why it has received the renewal.

    Another Life Season 2: Production Next Year

    The production work for Another Life Season 2 will resume next year in Vancouver, as per the reports. However, an official date is yet to come. Although, once the production work begins, the stars themselves will make their fans know about the filming of the second season.

    Another Life Season 2: Plot Details

    Season one of Another Life left the audience all confused. Many questions need to be answered in the second season. At the end of the first season, journalist Harper Glass, played by Selma Blair, confirmed that the aliens, The Achaia are not a treat to planet Earth. As per her, they are peaceful creatures who want to be friends. However, Harper is the one whose mind is controlled by the aliens now.

    Although, the crew of Salvare knows that the aliens are unfriendly and determined on either finishing or capturing the human race. They also reached the alien planet, to their ultimate destination. Therefore, the second season would feature the entire crew researching on the new planet and will dig deep to find out the truths.

    Meanwhile, What is with A.I. William that has been created by mishap? Is she peaceful, or harmful for the crew of Salvare? The audience will know all when the second season arrives.

    Another Life Season 2: Release Date

    Season one of Another Life released in July 2019 only. Therefore the fans needs to wait for quite some time to have the next installment of Netflix’s sci-fi drama. Another Life Season 2 will likely release in the fall of 2020. For future updates on Another Life Season 2, stay tuned.

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  • Nov 04 2019 Digital Spy

    Netflix confirms the fate of sci-fi space drama Another Life

    By Chris Edwards / November 3, 2019

    Netflix has confirmed that the Katee Sackhoff-led sci-fi space drama Another Life will return for a second season.

    The streaming platform has ordered 10 episodes for the series’ second outing, with production set to begin in Vancouver, Canada in 2020.

    Sackhoff confirmed the news herself via Twitter by sharing a clip of every time the word ‘two/to/too’ was used in the first season. Clever.

    She wrote: “I have the most exciting news! Another Life is coming back for Season 2 on @Netflix! Can’t wait to see you all back in space.”

    Sackoff, who also serves as a producer on the show, stars as astronaut Niko Breckinridge, who leads a crew into space to search for intelligent alien lifeforms, but it soon becomes apparent that they might be on a one-way mission.

    In a previous interview with Collider, the actress said that the story could potentially run for three seasons.

    “We had the outline of what the show was going be, but I was in the writers’ room and I got to really put what I feel is my fingerprint on the show, which is something that I was really looking forward to,” she said.

    “So, we know where the show potentially will go for the first three seasons. As an actor, that was new for me. To really be a part of those conversations and to have an opinion was really cool.”

    She added: “I love this character, and I love the cast and the crew, and I want to do everything in my power to see it come back, for many years.”

    Another Life season one is available to stream on Netflix.

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  • Oct 31 2019 Deadline

    ‘Another Life’ Renewed For Season 2 By Netflix

    By Denise Petski / October 29, 2019

    The Katee Sackhoff-led sci-fi space drama Another Life will be back for another go-round. Netflix has picked up a 10-episode second season of the series from Alias Grace producer Halfire Entertainment, with production slated to begin in 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. Sackhoff just revealed the renewal news on social media.

    Created by Aaron Martin (Slasher, Saving Hope, DeGrassi: The Next Generation), who also serves as showrunner, Another Life centers on astronaut Niko Breckinridge (Sackhoff) who is focused on searching for alien intelligence. She leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As Niko and her young crew investigate, they face unimaginable danger on what might very well be a one-way mission.

    Cast also includes Justin Chatwin as Erik Wallace; Samuel Anderson as William; and Elizabeth Faith Ludlow as Cas Isakovic; among others. Additional cast for season 2 will be announced.

    Noreen Halpern executive produces for Halfire Entertainment.

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  • Sep 17 2019 Out Magazine

    How Starring in a Netflix Show Helped This Nonbinary Actor Thrive

    By Nico Lang / September 12, 2019

    The future is nonbinary — or at least JayR Tinaco hopes it is.

    The Australian actor currently appears in Another Life, a Netflix science-fiction drama which premiered on the streaming platform in July. Starring Katee Sackoff in her first series since Battlestar Galactica, the show is basically Arrival by way of a straight-to-video VHS you’d find at Blockbuster in the 90s: extraterrestrial life touches down on earth and a group of scientists travel through space to seek out the mysterious being’s origins. It’s diverting in a B-movie way, if fairly unremarkable.

    But what distinguishes Another Life is its surprisingly fluid approach to sexuality and gender. Tinaco plays Zayn Petrossian, a medic who joins the crew to aid in their fateful mission. The role could have been written off as a redshirt, doomed from the moment they are introduced, but it’s clear from the moment Zayn enters the frame that the character is something special. While the rest of their crewmembers jockey for power, Zayn stands calmly at the edge of the frame in lipstick, eyeshadow, and mascara — above the drama and looking fabulous while they’re at it.

    Like the character they’re playing, Tinaco identifies as nonbinary. The actor, who had a small role in Netflix’s Always Be My Maybe earlier this year, didn’t grow up on science fiction and never saw themselves journeying through space to save the galaxy. But Tinaco says starring in a show which envisions a future where people aren’t defined by gender or sexual orientation helped them more fully embrace living outside the binary and to come into their own wholeness.

    In an interview with Out, Tinaco discusses how they were cast in the show and what it meant to bring all of themself to the screen.

    What attracted you to the role?

    When they were casting the role, they really wanted a nonbinary person. I like to express myself with male and female clothing, and that’s just how I’ve always done it. I’m 30 years old now but in high school — 10 plus years ago — I was wearing makeup. As a teenager, having a mother that didn’t tell me that I was different led me to just experiment and express myself. I never thought of it as different until someone else told me I was different.

    I’m from a really small town in Australia. It’s a rural coastal town in Queensland, if you can think of the epitome of a small country town, that was it. They had rodeos on the weekend. I was bullied quite a bit from the guys that I went to school with. I was told a few times that people wanted to kill me. I don’t remember a day that I wasn’t called a name. People would throw things at me. I was pushed and shoved. I wasn’t beaten up thankfully, and it was more verbal abuse than anything. 

    But I was lucky that I had really, really good girlfriends that surrounded me and a really strong mother that really stood up for me.

    When you were growing up, were you always drawn to sci-fi or was that something that only came about professionally?

    Oh god, definitely not. This was the last thing that I would expect to be doing. I was a huge fantasy fan. I loved the vampire stuff and everything on the CW. My favorite show when I was growing up was Charmed. I loved that show, but for me, sci-fi wasn’t really on my radar. When it came to becoming an actor, it’s not really where I saw myself. But as an aspiring actor, you audition for everything — you’re going to go for every opportunity you can.

    Auditioning for this, I was intimidated by it being sci-fi and then playing a doctor. I thought, “I don’t know if I can do this. It seems really out of my reach.” But I had such a strong connection to the character. In the callback with the director and the producer, they were giving me choices to make and they would say, “Maybe we could try this with Zayn.” I would say, “I don’t really agree with that. I don’t think they would make that choice.” I don’t really know what came over me at that moment. Because usually you should not disagree with the director and the producer in the callback, because it’s not your role yet. But I felt like I had to stand up for Zayn, and I think that’s actually what got me the role. 

    I remember having an interview with them or having a talk with them later on after I booked it, and they said that I came in with such strength, whereas a lot of people were still kind of discovering themselves and trying to come out. But I knew exactly who Zayn was. It was pretty much me as a doctor, if I had gone through years and years of college.

    Was there a moment where you started to realize that playing this role resonated with you more deeply than you expected going in?

    Playing Zayn just made me more comfortable being nonbinary. I think labels scare people, but they aren’t the end all be all — you can just be whoever you want to be. If someone doesn’t understand that, then I’m here to educate and help them. But if they don’t understand that, that’s on them — not me.

    The beauty of it was that Zayn’s identity never came up in the script or the show at all. There was no story around Zayn coming out or talking about how they came out, when they discovered that they were nonbinary. They were just simply there. I can’t wait for the day when that is the case: when we don’t have to talk about it anymore and have to educate people. That excited me playing that [role], and I thought, “Wow, this one day could be the world.” There’s two other, cisgender men on the ship and they all end up making out. There’s a threesome, and it doesn’t come up again. They’re not calling each other gay or anything like that. The relationship that [my character has with] Bernie — he seems like this straight, cisgender male, but it never becomes a conversation. You just see them building a relationship and love for each other.

    Were you able to have discussions throughout the process of filming to shape how the character would be portrayed?

    Yes, 100 percent. I had so much involvement with the character development, which I was so thankful for, all the way down to wardrobe. In the beginning, some of the wardrobe choices were pretty questionable, a lot of flowing gowns. I said, “This doesn’t seem practical. Just because they’re a member of the LGBTQ+ community doesn’t mean they have to be fabulous.” It’s just another stereotypical cliche that you would put on an LGBTQ+ person — they’re not going to be in pink chiffon and flowing gowns. So we had to workshop a lot of that and I made a point of wanting it to be practical. Especially being a doctor, their wardrobe is the last thing they need to think about. 

    They still had a personality here and there, but it’s not over the top, which I loved. They really included me in everything, and they ran everything by me.

    What defines Zayn’s unfabulous wardrobe?

    They’re just so sure of who they are. They don’t want to have to prove themselves through their wardrobe. The fact that they’re being 100 percent authentically themselves and comfortable with the crew speaks volumes. It’s just funny, though, because you will see Zayn — I think in the first episode — in a heel, which I thought was really cute. It’s a little closeup of a heel as they walk on the first time you see them. There’s also a funeral scene where I’m wearing a kilt with a cute little blazer, but it’s all very subtle.

    Have you had the opportunity to audition for nonbinary characters before?

    I’m lucky enough to have a management team that really understands who I am and who I want to be as an actor. I do present quite androgynously and people mistake that for being a trans female, but I’m not trans. I used to go in for those roles, but I stopped doing that now because I believe that trans actors should be going out for trans roles. I’ve cut it down to just going out for nonbinary and genderfluid roles, and we’re seeing so much more of that. I’m so grateful, and it’s so exciting. But if there’s a role where the production doesn’t know if they want to cast a male or a female, my management team will present me and say, “Why don’t you switch it up and have a nonbinary character?” That’s actually gotten me in the room a couple of times, and I see it more and more all the time. I’ve never auditioned more in my life.

    In Australia, there was nothing there for me. I think Australia’s industry is a bit behind in that sense. So coming here into the North American market, there’s just been an influx of work. I know that I still don’t audition as much as a cisgender woman or a cisgender man, but I’m auditioning more and more all the time. Especially with all these streaming services now, there’s just so much more work for everybody, and people understand they have to be progressive in their work. The world wants to see the real world represented. It’s really important to see all walks of life represented in the media.

    What does it mean to you to be able to represent all of yourself on screen, where you don’t have to play cis but you get to be visibly yourself?

    I’ve always wanted to act, but I didn’t really care to do it for anybody else. It sounds selfish, but I wanted to do it because that’s been my dream. I’d never really thought, “Well, I want to inspire people and I want other people to see themselves.” But after doing this and seeing how much love and positivity has come from it, it’s inspired me to know that I’m inspiring others. I look back when I was in high school and I didn’t have anyone that was like me to look up [to] on screen. Back then, what saved me was Queer as Folk. I remember waking up at 1:00 a.m. on a school night, and I would sneak off into the living room and watch it. But I didn’t really understand back then how alienating it could be if you don’t see yourself.

    After playing Zayn, I’ve understood how important it is to be that person for other people. I want to be that now for young kids. There’s still so many LGBTQ+ youth out there that are taking their lives because they don’t understand what they’re feeling or they feel alienated, like a freak or a weirdo. If I’m helping that cause, then it’s worth it. 

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  • Jul 23 2019 Collider

    Katee Sackhoff on Her New Netflix Series ‘Another Life’ & Comparing It to ‘Battlestar Galactica’

    by Christina Radish / July 23, 2019

    From creator/showrunner Aaron Martin (Killjoys), the 10-episode sci-fi drama series Another Life (available to stream at Netflix on July 25th) follows Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff), an astronaut who ventures out into space in search of alien intelligence, but quickly realizes that she and her crew are facing unimaginable dangers that could keep them from ever returning home. And if they can manage to survive the external threat that they’re facing, they will also have to survive the building tension among the crew on the ship.

    During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, actress Katee Sackhoff (who is also a producer on the series) talked about how involved she got with every aspect of the series, having an idea of what the first three seasons would look like, the fast-paced shoot, how no character is safe, what she likes about playing Niko Breckinridge, when she knows that she’s found the character that she’s playing, the physicality of the role, working in such a confined space, the daunting task of showing the aliens on a sci-fi show, the similarities and differences from Battlestar Galactica, getting to be a part of the Star Wars universe by voicing a character for Star Wars: Clone Wars, returning for The Flash, and starting a YouTube channel.

    Collider:  This is a very intense show to watch. Was it an intense show to shoot?

    KATEE SACKHOFF:  It was a fear of mine, when we were filming, that it was so fast-paced that people wouldn’t have a chance to breathe when they were watching it. So, that was intentionally done, but it far exceeded my expectations, in the pacing. It’s a race car that never lets up.

    When this project came your way, what was the pitch for the show and the character? What sold you on doing it?

    SACKHOFF:  Being a producer on the show gave me a really interesting perspective on it, in the sense that nothing was created when I came in. We had the outline of what the show was gonna be, but I was in the writers’ room and I got to really put what I feel is my fingerprint on the show, which is something that I was really looking forward to. In the trajectory of my career, it was the next thing that I really wanted to participate in. It scared me, in the sense that this was a very young crew, which means that it was gonna be a very young cast. I grew up in the business, and I’ve always been the youngest person on set. Going from being the youngest person on set to being the oldest person on set was interesting for me. So, I knew pretty much everything that was going to happen, from the very beginning. It was just the execution, done by Aaron Martin and the rest of the writing staff, that was just phenomenal.

    Were there a lot of conversations about where this show could go, how the show could continue and where the story could go next with, with more seasons?

    SACKHOFF:  Yeah, absolutely. Being in the pitch meeting with Netflix was one of the coolest things that I’ve ever done. Every one of the experiences that I’ve had on this show, as a producer is, has been one of the coolest experiences of my career, and I feel so blessed, but to have been in that pitch room, with Aaron and Noreen Halpern, with Halfire Entertainment, to pitch Netflix was very cool. So, we know where the show potentially will go for the first three seasons. As an actor, that was new for me. To really be a part of those conversations and to have an opinion was really cool.

    It’s one thing to know where things are going for the season, but it’s another to actually be in it. What was it like to actually play out where things lead, by the end of this season, and what was your reaction to how all of this plays out?

    SACKHOFF:  You’re so correct, it’s one thing to know how things are going to go, on paper, but it’s a completely different thing, as an actor, to actually be taking them there. That, for me, was really interesting. I had a lot of struggles with this character, throughout, because there are moments where, morally, you realize that, at her core, she is a soldier. That’s part of why she was sent to lead this mission. She is unwavering in her ability to do what she was told to do, and stay on mission. What’s so great about Niko is that the mission aligns with her heart, which is to protect her family, back home. She’ll do anything to stay on mission and protect your family including sacrifice some crew members. Nobody is safe on this show. That’s one of the things that Aaron, Noreen and I really wanted to hammer home, from the very beginning. Just because you think a crew member is gonna be there the whole time, that’s absolutely probably not the case. Just when you fall in love with them, they’re probably gonna die.

    I really appreciated how we see that, from Episode 1, right off the bat.

    SACKHOFF:  Yeah, nobody is safe. When we were in the writers’ room and coming up with ideas, the soma tubes were so important to me. As an actor and as a producer on the show, I just thought, what a phenomenal story piece and opportunity to have endless amounts of people that can come go. It just opens up your story more. It’s no longer a crew of 10. It’s potentially a crew of 10 times six. Even Niko is replaceable, that’s what I love about it. There are more captains in soma sleep. If something happens to Niko, someone takes her place.

    When you play a character like this, you really kind of have to be all in, from day one. What did you like about Niko and about playing her, from day one, and what did you kind of grow to appreciate about her, the longer you played her?

    SACKHOFF:  I know that I have found a character, as an actor ,when I start to dream as them. I kept saying to Aaron Martin, “I haven’t found her yet. I haven’t found her. I don’t understand why she does the things that she does. I just don’t get her.” I was panicked because, not only am I the lead of the show, but I’m also a producer on the show, and I didn’t know who my character was yet, on day one of filming, I was like, “This isn’t good. This is really bad.” And I found her two days before we started filming. I started dreaming of her and I realized, at that moment, that everything was gonna be okay. But there were things about her that I didn’t get. I didn’t understand why a mother would leave her child. I didn’t get that. I had to reconcile, as a woman who’s not a mother, that sometimes the best way to save your child is to leave them. That didn’t make sense to me, so I wrestled with that a lot. I had to have that make sense to me. I had to put myself in the shoes of a mother, where you hear those stories of a mother who has to choose between a child, or they have to choose between their husband and their child, and they’re put in these situations where they’ve got to make these incredibly difficult decisions, and they do it. That is who Niko is, and that was a hard thing for me to figure out.

    When you’ve done a TV series like Battlestar Galactica, that people remember and still talk about it, do you have to give it some extra thought before doing another TV series where you’re in space and on a ship because you know that people will inevitably compare the two?

    SACKHOFF:  There is a reason that I waited 10 or 12 years, or whatever it’s been, to go back into space. There’s a reason I did a Western first. Nobody could compare it. Whether it had anything to do with my part in it or not, Battlestar Galactica hit it out of the park. It is still, to this day, getting new fans and a new appreciation for it. People are watching it for a second time with their children, who weren’t even born when we were filming. Battlestar Galactica will live on forever, which is the biggest blessing. I never dreamed, when I started acting at 14, that was gonna be the thing that gave me the career that it gave me. But it’s also a curse, in the sense that people will inevitably always compare every character that I play to Starbuck, which is fine by me. I, personally, don’t care. It’s something that I’ve had to come to terms with, as an actor, and I appreciate it so much now. It forces me to find differences in people that, on paper, could be very similar. To me, Starbuck was a wild card. She was military. She was a soldier, through and through. She didn’t excel to the highest of education ‘cause she went into the military very young. Niko is the opposite of that. Niko is educated and very well read, she’s worldly, she’s calm and collected and calculated, and she’s very analytical. Starbuck was 100% emotional, which is also what made her so great. What makes Niko so great is that she’s all of the things that Starbuck wasn’t. They’re very different, but there will be comparisons. There’s a character on the ship that is 100% Starbuck, and that’s Cas. She has these phenomenal scenes, and Elizabeth Ludlow is just phenomenal in the role. She’s got these moments that are very hero-centric moments, which is who Starbuck was. So, there’s a little bit of sort of passing the torch, if you will.

    How did the physicality of this project different for you? Were there particular challenges specific to this show, as far as the physicality of it all?

    SACKHOFF:  This is the craziest thing that I’ve ever done. From day one, because I was in on the creation of this I knew what the storyline was and I knew what I wanted Niko to look like, physically. Niko is much leaner than anyone I’ve ever played before. Part of the reason I wanted that was because they wake up from soma, and I wanted her to look like she has been asleep for three months. It’s not that they’re malnourished, but they’re nourished just enough to maintain the muscles, the proteins, the organs and the brain function that they have. So, I wanted her to look like she had woken up fasting almost, and my body doesn’t sit there. My body sits 10 pounds heavier than when I play Niko. Starbuck was 10 pounds heavier than Niko. That was a physical challenge for me. I was working out, very, very hard, for three months before we even got there. I cut out alcohol for five months, and I cut out anything that tasted good. Not really, but I went on a paleo diet, so everything was very clean, with no processed sugar, no gluten, no alcohol, and none of that fun stuff, because I had to maintain what I thought she would like, which is the opposite of me. She’s also very capable. Starbuck had these scenes where she fought, but she was very much a bruiser. She was a boxer. She knew how to punch you, and that was probably all she knew how to do. Niko is trained in many different facets of fighting, so that was something that I had to learn very quickly. We moved very fast on this show, so we didn’t get a ton of time for stunt rehearsals. I was learning huge fight sequences, the day before or sometimes an hour before, which was really hard. That was a challenge, as well. So, I’m hoping we get picked up for a second season, but that also means that four days ago, I cut out alcohol. I’m back on the Niko diet, which is not fun. And then, Elizabeth came in, and what 10 years does to you is that she had a six pack in a month. I worked my butt off for that six pack, for three months, and then she came in and was like, “Oh, we’re having six packs? Okay, great. Let me just do that.”

    This show feels so confined because you’re essentially in narrow hallways. What were the sets like to walk onto and work on? Did it feel confined when you were shooting, or is that just a trick of the camera?

    SACKHOFF:  Oh, no, it’s confined. This is one of the hardest sets I’ve ever shot on, and that was not only for the cast, but for the crew. Our sound department couldn’t boom anything ‘cause there were reflective surfaces everywhere. Our camera guys couldn’t fit in rooms with steady cams on. It was crazy. There were scenes when we were shooting in our quarters, and it’s literally a four by five box, and you’ve got yourself, another actor, the AI who’s popping in and out, so needs an exit because he’s gotta be there and then not be there, the sound guy, the camera guy, and another camera guy. Before you know it, you’ve literally got no room to move. For our entire season, everything was very choreographed because the spaces are so small. Anytime we’re running down a hallway, there’s a dolly, and our dolly cart had maybe a foot on either side, if they were lucky, and they were sprinting backwards, running with us down hallways. We had camera guys get knocked over with cameras on top of them, and they would run into walls and get their legs right over by the dolly. It was such a tight space, so you really, really feel that. It’s purposeful. The only place where there’s actual space to move around is the mess hall and the bridge. That’s it. Every place else is tiny. I’m barely 5’6?, and there are places where I had to duck under. We had a couple of tall guys on our set that had to duck to get under things.

    One of the things that I really like about Episode 4 is that, because Niko is somebody who feels so controlled and so measured in how she responds and reacts to things, when she’s stuck in that sleep state, we get to see her dream sequences, which really gives an interesting insight into her. What was it like to get to really explore some of those moments, instead of just having a conversation with another character or a flashback?

    SACKHOFF:  That’s one of the things that I love so much about science fiction. You have the ability to bounce around like we do. Episode 4 is basically a dream, the entire time, but it’s a violent dream because you’re not completely asleep. You’re in a drug-induced, machine-induced coma. It was really great for me because that’s when I found the character. Because we had 90% of our scripts finished, by the time we started filming, for the most part, I read that episode, over and over and over again. That’s where I found Niko. That’s who she is, at her core. Whether or not it’s 100% accurate or not, there are definitely things in there that are more horror-related because her dreams are taking over and she doesn’t have control of that aspect of her dream, but they’re also all metaphors for something that happened in her life. That helped me figure out who she was, and it helped us understand her better, as a captain. It helped us see a vulnerability in her and understand why she is the way that she is. You also potentially don’t like her, a little bit, because of the decisions that she’s made.

    You also get real insight into her past and what happened with her last crew, and how that affects who she is now, which she likely wouldn’t have just opened up about.

    SACKHOFF:  It’s common knowledge, what happened on the Pilgrim, but I don’t think people know what happened on the Pilgrim. The only person who knows a hundred percent of what happened on the Pilgrim is Niko, and probably her husband, Erik, and maybe Cas. But there are episodes coming up where you realize that even Cas didn’t know the full story. I really loved that. I loved that we understand her a bit better. It helps the audience understand why, at times, she is potentially so ruthless in her decisions.

    This show is technically about aliens, but you almost have to remind yourself of that because the characters and the character dynamics are so interesting.

    SACKHOFF:  Yeah. It’s a very daunting and scary task, when you decide to actually show the aliens on a science fiction show. It’s something that Aaron and Noreen and the people at Netflix really wanted, but it’s a scary thing. It’s like, “Okay, how do you do this in a different way, on a limited budget?” Our show does not have the budget of Altered Carbon, in no way, shape or form, so how do we exceed people’s expectations and give them something that they haven’t seen before, that’s very cool and very tonally right for this show, on a limited budget. I’ve seen them, and they exceeded my expectations. I was like, “Oh, my god, that’s so cool!” It got me, and I’m a really tough judge.

    What was it like for you to learn that Star Wars: Clone Wars would be returning and that you’d get to be a part of that show?

    SACKHOFF:  I love the Star Wars universe. It’s one of the coolest things that I’ve ever been able to be a part of. I was so excited. To be able to play Bo-Katan is just awesome. I’m the first female Mandalorian warrior. It’s my Star Wars version of Starbuck. Now, I’m just hoping that there’s some room for her, over in the live-action version of this world because that would just be insane. There are some fans out there that seem to want that, and then there are fans out there that don’t seem to not want that. Ultimately, it’s up to [Jon] Favreau and Dave [Filoni]. Dave would have to decide that, as well. That would be really cool. My dad raised me on science fiction, and I absolutely love Star Wars. Empire Strikes Back is still one of my favorite movies of all-time, so I would love nothing more, but just to be involved in Clone Wars is so phenomenal. I took it, initially, for many reasons, but one of the things on that checklist was that I’d never really done anything that my nephews could watch. I don’t even think they knew that I was an actress until they were in college. But Star Wars was the first time that I watched a movie that took me into another universe, completely. I remember watching that when I was probably five, six or seven, and it was one of the coolest moments, ever. I wanted an Ewok. I think everybody wanted an Ewok, but that was my goal in life. I was like, “I want one of those teddy bear things.”

    Are you working on anything now, while you’re waiting to find out about a possible second season?

    SACKHOFF:  Yeah. One of the things that I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed is interaction with the fans. I have a career because of a loyal fan base that has appreciated the work that I’ve done, but also continues to follow me, from job to job. I interact quite a bit, on social media, with them, ad I asked them, almost a year ago now, what they wanted from me, and the answer was very, very clear. So, I sat down and figured out how I could best facilitate that for them, and also be in control of it. The best way for me to do that was to start a YouTube channel, so that is something that I’ve been doing now, for the last three months. I’ve been working my butt off, getting episodes finished, so that we can get ahead of them, if you will. It’s launching on August 6th, so I’m really excited about that. It’s a whole new realm for me, letting people into my life, a little bit. The goal of this was to take people on the journey with me, to continue to find joy, excitement, motivation and fun, and being healthy and staying active, and all of the things that people already seem to associate with me, but I’m just taking them with me on the journey. It’s been quite fun, so far. So, that’s what I’ve been doing while I’ve been waiting to hear about a second season. And I’m going back to The Flash, supposedly, at some point this year. With producing the show, I’ve been in every single one of the sound mixes and every single one of the edits. I wanted to learn as much as I could, as a producer on this, and really earn that hat because it’s something that I took incredibly seriously. I love this character, and I love the cast and the crew, and I want to do everything in my power to see it come back, for many years.

    The Flash seems like a fun little family that you can go play with, here and there, because they have such a variety of interesting characters on that show.

    SACKHOFF:  Yeah, it’s pretty crazy. I’ve made lifelong friends over there, and I can’t wait to go back. I love working with Danielle [Panabaker]. All of my scenes seem to be with her. I’m sure that until Amunet dies, she’ll always find a way back there.

    Another Life is available to stream at Netflix on July 25th.

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  • Jul 22 2019 Deadline

    Russo Brothers’ AGBO Studios Developing ‘Grimjack Comics’ & Japanese Anime ‘Battle Of The Planets’ – Comic-Con

    By Anthony D’Alessandro / July 19, 2019

    Today at Comic-Con, the Joe and Anthony Russo announced projects that their AGBO Studios are in development on: an adaptation of the 1978 Japanese anime series Battle of the Planets and an Amazon series based on the graphic novel Grimjack Comics. 

    Battle of the Planets was originally created by Tatsuo Yoshida and Tatsunoko Studios and was arguably the first mainstream glimpse for U.S. audiences into Japanese anime during the late 1970s. In addition, it was one of the few sci-fi cartoons during that era. The series follows five young orphans who are trained from a young age to form an elite, intergalactic team known as G-Force, swearing to protect Earth and its allies from otherworldly invading forces.

    Grimjack Comics is being developed at Amazon by AGBO, Halfire and being written by Kevin Murphy, the creator of Defiance, Heathers the Musical and Reefer Madness. The Grimjack Comics graphic novel was written by John Ostranderand Tim Truman, and is the story of a mercenary and his crew who are forced to dig into their own pasts when Grimjack’s estranged teenage daughter comes to him looking for help. This will take them through the insane streets of Cynosure, a mysterious city where all parallel universes intersect. There, this unlikely team fights to save not just themselves, but all the planes of existence.

    Joe Russo said that they’re producing Grimjack and that they might direct Battle of the Planets. “If we were to make it, it would be a live-action film,” said Joe who as a kid would run home to watch it after school. No writer is on Battle of the Planets yet.

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  • Jul 22 2019 Hollywood Reporter

    ‘Avengers’ Directors Tackling ‘Grimjack’ and ‘Battle of the Planets’

    By Aaron Couch, Borys Kit / July 19, 2019

    The Russo Bros. made the revelations at Comic-Con as they also shared secrets from ‘Endgame.’

    Avengers: Endgame directors the Russo Bros. looked to the future even as they took a victory lap for their latest Marvel Studios project. At Comic-Con on Friday, they announced that they will produce an adaptation of the indie comic Grimjack, and that they are also adapting the classic cartoon series Battle of the Planets.

    They will not direct Grimjack, but are keeping the door open for potentially directing a live-action Battle of the Planets movie, they said Friday. They will develop the projects through their company AGBO.

    Both project touched the brothers in their youths. “I would race home from school just to watch this at 4 p.m.,” said Anthony Russo.

    Planets was the American version of anime Gatchaman that aired in North America in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The show told the adventures of a team of young adults known as G-Force — Mark, Jason, Princess, Keyop, and Tiny — who fought the forces of Spectra and the evil Zoltar.

    Grimjack was a comic published by First Comics and created by John Ostrander and Tim Truman. It told the adventures of a sword-for-hire who operated a city where magic and technology co-exist.

    Earlier in the panel focusing on the Russos, members of The Avengers cast sent in video questions videos for the directors to answer, as though they were fans.

    Captain America actor Chris Evans touched on the end of Avengers: Endgame, which saw Steve Rogers go back in time to share a dance with Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Evans asked what the first thing Steve did after that dance. 

    “Perhaps he and Peggy tried to make a baby?” suggested Anthony Russo, while Joe Russo noted that perhaps he had more adventures.

    “Depending on the alternate realities, he could rescue Bucky out of Hydra. He could route Hydra out of SHIELD,” said Joe Russo. “He could go find himself in the ice where he could figure out a rotation where the two Steves could take turns so he could spend more time at home with Peggy?”

    Next up, the Russo Bros. have Tom Holland’s Cherry, which begins shooting in October and tackles the opioid crisis. The brothers confirmed the film will be rated-R.

    They are also producing Chadwick Boseman’s 21 Bridges, which debuted a new trailer during the panel, hosted by Collider editor in chief Steven Weintraub. 

    Endgame is the No. 2 movie of all time globally, with its $2.78 billion tally trailing James Cameron’s Avatar by just $5 million. The brothers spoke of their affection for Cameron’s films and called it an honor to be close to the record.

    The Avengers panel is in some ways a goodbye to Marvel’s past. It comes a day before Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is expected to unveil Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with him expected to set dates for projects such as Black Widow, Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

    Just an hour earlier, Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely had a panel of their own, where they revealed moments they wrestled with — but ultimately cut — from their scripts. Among them: Endgame could have featured the 2014 version of Thanos coming to Earth and killing the Avengers before traveling to 2023. He would have carried Captain America’s severed head to the future, presenting it to Steve Rogers. 

    There were also more touching moments, with Markus noting that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and his father Howard Stark (John Slattery) reuniting was particularly touching to write for personal reasons.

    “Over the course of these, my own father died and after that I had a child. The one thing I’d like to ask him is how the hell do you deal with this?’ ” Markus told Jeff Goldsmith, the publisher of Backstory Magazine and host of The Q&A with Jeff Goldsmith podcast.

    There was also an idea that Steve Rogers would be the one to confront the Red Skull in Endgame.

    “He has to collaborate with Red Skull and he’d become this sort of Gollum,” said Markus.

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  • Jul 22 2019 Variety Insight

    Russo Brothers Announce ‘Grimjack,’ Live-Action ‘Battle of the Planets’ Adaptations

    By Matt Donnelly / July 19, 2019

    Joe and Anthony Russo are looking to their youth to populate the development slate at their production company AGBO.

    A relatively obscure comic book called “Grimjack” will count the Russos as producers for an adaptation, they announced at San Diego Comic-Con. They’re also cooking up a live-action adaptation of the animated show “Battle of the Planets.”

    Joe Russo said he and his brother would rush home from school every day to watch “Battle of the Planets,” while Anthony added that “Grimjack” was a “deep cut“ that the pair loved as kids.The projects join their previously announced titles “Cherry,” to star Tom Holland, and a reboot of “The Thomas Crown Affair” with Michael B. Jordan.

    While the slate titles reflect the deep ties to superhero and fantasy genres the men enjoy, they’re expanding into more grounded action and drama. A trailer for the Chadwick Boseman thriller “21 Bridges” was shown, where Black Panther himself plays an NYPD officer on the verge of uncovering a massive conspiracy.

    It’s “Cherry,” however, that might be their biggest departure. Set in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Anthony Russo said the film will be rated R and call on the current Spider-Man to play his darkest role yet. Based on the 2018 novel by Nico Walker, Holland will play a young Army vet who returns home worse for the wear. After developing an opioid addiction, he starts robbing banks.

    Holland appeared in a video message for the panel, which was basically a victory lap for the record-shattering performance of “Avengers: Endgame,” and called the role “complicated,” saying it was unlike any he’d done before.

    The Russos also clarified a larger vision for their company which has distribution partners at studios like STX and streamers like Netflix. The men credit “Traffic” director Steven Soderbergh with opening the door to Hollywood for them 20 years ago, “and that’s our goal here. To introduce and hold the door open for other people in Hollywood.”

    “21 Bridges” is first up from the pair, scheduled to hit theaters in September.

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  • Jul 10 2019 TV Guide

    Katee Sackhoff Is Going Back to Space in Netflix’s Another Life Trailer

    By Amanda Bell / July 9, 2019

    Netflix is lifting off for some more space race action with Another Life.

    The first trailer for the streaming service’s latest extraterrestrial adventure series shows the aftermath of an alien artifact arriving on Earth, as Commander Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) leads a perilous journey to discover its planet of origin and her husband (Justin Chatwin) tries to make contact back at home.

    The series is created by Aaron Martin (The Best Years, Slasher) and also stars Selma Blair as Harper Glass, an intrepid influencer who wants to break the story; Tyler Hoechlin as Ian Yerxa, the commander who is usurped by Niko; and Samuel Anderson as William, the holograph of the ship’s sentient artificial intelligence interface.

    The series’ logline reveals that it will explore the preciousness and rarity of life in the universe and how far people will go to protect the ones they love. Judging by this teaser, Niko and her crew will go very far to keep their homestead safe from these alien visitors.

    Another Life arrives on Netflix on Thursday, July 25 2019.

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  • Jul 10 2019 Den of Geek

    Another Life Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and Other News

    By Kayti Burt and Michael Ahr / July 10, 2019

    Starbuck will fly again… sort of. Katee Sackhoff of Battlestar Galactica fame is ready to star as astronaut Niko Breckenridge in the Netflix drama Another Life.

    Another Life follows Sackhoff’s character as she leads a crew on a mission to explore the genesis of an alien artifact. As they investigate and the danger intensifies, it becomes increasingly possible that they may be on a one-way mission. Yikes! Sounds like a cross between Prometheus and Lost in Space, and we are here for it!

    Here’s everything else you need to know about the series:

    Another Life Trailer

    The first trailer for Another Life is super creepy, but we’re loving how in charge Sackhoff sounds in the voiceover.

    Another Life Release Date

    According to the trailer below, Netflix will release the ten episodes of Another Life‘s first season on July 25, 2019. The series was created by Aaron Martin (Being Erica, Slasher, Saving Hope, Degrassi: The Next Generation), and Alias Grace‘sNoreen Halpern will serve as an executive for Halfire Entertainment. 

    Until then, here’s a poster for the series:

    Another Life airing on Netflix on July 25, 2019

    Another Life Cast

    Though perhaps best known for her work on Battlestar Galactica as Lieutenant Kara Thrace, Sackhoff has been starring on Longmire for the past six seasons. The crime drama on A&E for its first four seasons before moving to Netflix, following its temporary cancellation. Sackhoff has also recently appeared on The Flash as villainess Amunet Black, complete with a wonderfully over-the-top British accent.

    Rounding out the cast are Justin Chatwin (Doctor Who), Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl), Samuel Anderson (Loaded), Elizabeth Faith Ludlow (The Walking Dead), A. J. Rivera (Grandfathered), Alexander Eling (Shadowhunters: Mortal Instruments) and Selma Blair (Hellboy).

    Another Life Story

    Here’s the official synopsis: “When a mysterious alien Artifact lands on Earth, Commander Niko Breckinridge (Katee Sackhoff) has to lead humanity’s first interstellar mission to its planet of origin, while her husband (Justin Chatwin) tries to make first contact with the artifact back on earth. Another Life explores the miracle of life, how precious life is in a universe mostly empty of it, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.”

    More news on Another Life as we hear it.

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