Although the current season of the Sci-Fi Channel’s “Stargate SG-1” has not yet ended – the mid-season cliffhanger aired in late August and the series will resume its run in January – FilmJerk.com sources indicate that the eighth season of the space drama will begin shooting February 2004 in Vancouver and that two new series regulars will join the mix.
Possibly the final season of the series, which was borne from the 1994 film, the show is now looking to cast two crucial roles, of characters that will become a part of the Stargate team. This next season will only consist of 20 episodes (since the second season, 22 episodes have been ordered for each go-around), and filming is anticipated to wrap by late summer.
According to our sources, which is backed by casting notes we have obtained, the first of the new characters, Dr. Maggie Greer, is a brilliant young anthropologist described as “beautiful, opinionated and temperamental.” Listed as being between the ages of 25 and 35, she was once a harsh critic of Daniel Jackson’s work, stunned that his crazy theories about the influence of aliens on Earth’s history are true when she is recruited to join the SGC. Once she does join, she struggles with the demands of being part of a team whose mandate is dictated by the military.
Colonel Kyle Hooper is the other new member of the Stargate team, an Air Force special ops soldier. Described as a “a born leader” and “a soldier’s soldier,” he’s a stoic, serious man with a wry, witty sense of humor always seems to surprise others. While confident in his abilities and qualifications he is eager to prove his appointment to leader of a front-line team is justified. His belief in the need for a strong chain of command is tested by the maverick general in charge of the SGC. This character is listed as being between 35 and 45 years old.
Not known at this time is how each will figure into the series’ central plot. Richard Dean Anderson is currently the only castmember announced as signed on for the next season.
The eighth season of the series is expected to premiere in June.
Executive Producers: Robert Cooper, Michael Greenburg, Richard Dean Anderson and John Smith
Casting Director: Paul Weber
Start Date: February 2004
Production Company: MGM
Network: Sci-Fi Channel