Teaser Trailer, Behind-The-Scenes Footage, Official Synopsis For New SyFy Series “Alphas” Starring Malik Yoba
The Syfy Channel picked up an 11-episode order of a new science fiction drama series called Alphas which follows a team of ordinary people with extraordinary and unusual mental skills.
The cast of “ordinary people” includes of David Strathairn, Malik Yoba, Laura Mennell, Ryan Cartwright and Azita Ghanizada.
Preceding the airing of the 11 episodes in the series will be a 90-minute pilot, debuting this July.
Alphas first surfaced about 4 years ago, pitched to NBC, but they passed on it. That was followed by a bidding war among the other networks in that same year, with ABC eventually coming out on top, ordering 6-episodes. But while in pre-production, the WGA strike killed all progress. And after the strike, ABC changed its mind and dropped the project.
It was then pitched to Syfy, and the rest is history…
Is this another Heroes? Well, here’s the official synopsis: “Alphas follows a team of ordinary citizens whose brain anomalies imbue them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Taking the law into their own hands, the unlikely team, shepherded by Dr. Leigh Rosen (Emmy Award-winner and Oscar nominee David Strathairn) investigates cases that suggest other Alpha activity to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not been able, or willing, to solve. These gifted individuals must balance their quirky personalities and disparate backgrounds with their not always visible powers as they work to solve crimes, stop the ticking time bomb and catch the enemy.”
Ok scratch that. Maybe not quite Heroes, but more like the X-Men?
It’s no coincidence that the series was written by Zak Penn, who also wrote the screenplay for the last 2 X-Men movies. And here’s what he had to say, talking to the New York Post about Alphas: “We’re going as close to naturalism as we can get away with… As their powers develop in one way, there’s always a tradeoff… Savants are a good example of this. There are people who can count out Pi to 22,000 digits, but that comes at a price.”
Malik Yoba will play the leader of the Alphas, Bill Harken, described as “a former FBI agent who can summon his “fight or flight” instinct on-demand, giving him super-strength. But it’s more like he can push cars than lift them over his head,” Penn explained.
The show will premiere in July.
First, watch the very short teaser below (courtesy of i09), and then see Malik Yoba shooting a sequence on set, underneath:
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