For those concerned that Stargate Atlantis was ending, rejoice that Stargate Universe is beginning.  The SGU crew will be lead by Robert Carlyle ( of Transpotting and The Full Monty fame).  The 20-episode run is expected to begin shooting in February with a group of fresh faces.

Described as edgier, darker and younger-skewing than its predecessors, “SGU” follows a group of soldiers, scientists and civilians left to fend for themselves when forced through a Stargate after their hidden base comes under attack. The survivors, who emerge aboard an ancient ship missing in the far reaches of space, are led by Dr. David Rush (Carlyle), who works to unlock the ship’s mysteries and return the group home but also might have ulterior motives.

The series will be written and produced by SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis co-creators Brad Wright and Robert Cooper.  The two-hour premiere is expected to air in the summer of 2009.

via THR

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  1. morpheus11
    December 15, 2008 at 9:50 am — Reply

    I am a little worried that this new series is going to feel like Star Trek. I know that there are similarities in all sci-fi shows, but the fact that they are on a ship flying around meeting people just feels like it has been done before.

    Of course maybe I am still bitter that they are cancelling Atlantis.

  2. Adam
    December 15, 2008 at 10:22 am — Reply

    Morpheus, you’re not alone. This really has a ‘Voyager’ feel to it.

    And I still don’t understand why they canceled Atlantis.

  3. December 15, 2008 at 10:48 am — Reply

    Morpheus, you’re not alone. This really has a ‘Voyager’ feel to it.

    I was just about to say that exact same thing. Woohoo! Stargate: Voyager!

    February 16, 2009 at 6:12 am — Reply

    The lead role to a wimp , how pathetic

  5. Darren
    September 18, 2009 at 2:36 pm — Reply

    at least this show they cannot control the ship..its pre-programmed. they can see some of the worlds that have stargates…but only while the ship is in range….kind of has a “Space 1999” feel to it except its a ship and not the moon

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