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'SGU' star Brian J. Smith films 'Defiance' role

Fans of "Stargate Universe" will see a familiar face when Syfy's new series "Defiance" airs in April; Brian J. Smith is set to guest star in an episode.

Smith, who played Lt. Matthew Scott in "SGU," portrays NASA hero Gordon McClintock in the series set in the near future on an Earth transformed by the arrival of seven alien races that now co-exist with humans. McClintock is revived from an induced sleep after being presumed killed in a 2013 space station accident. He is shocked by the changes on Earth.

Smith, who filmed the role in Toronto less than a month ago, told me via Twitter it was a fun experience. The show has "very strong writing, the actors are great and the world is very cool," he wrote.

That world was created by Syfy and video game company Trion Worlds. "'Defiance' is the first-ever convergence of television and online  gaming, featuring an interconnected world and storylines that will co-exist throughout a scripted drama series and a multi-platform online shooter. Produced by Universal Cable Productions, both the series and the game will debut simultaneously," Syfy said in its press release.

Since completing "SGU," Smith has appeared in the Syfy original movie "Red Faction," "Gossip Girl" and "Warehouse 13." He has a guest role in the Nov. 4 episode of CBS' "The Good Wife." Earlier this year he co-starred with Tony nominee John Lithgow in "The Columnist" on Broadway, and begins rehearsals in December for "The Glass Menagerie" at Boston's American Repertory Theater. Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto and Celia Keenan-Bolger star in the revival of the famed Tennessee Williams play, which opens Feb. 2.

"The Glass Menagerie" is the story of fading Southern belle Amanda Wingfield (Jones), who makes her son Tom (Quinto) find a suitable gentleman caller for her physically challenged daughter Laura (Keenan-Bolger). Smith will play gentleman caller Jim. (I played Tom in high school, if anyone is interested.)

The play is set to run through March 17 at Cambridge's Loeb Drama Center, and could transfer to Broadway, which means Smith could be on stage when "Defiance" begins in April.

"Defiance" stars Grant Bowler (Nolan), Julie Benz (Amanda Rosewater), Stephanie Leonidas (Irisa), Tony Curran (Datak Tarr), Jaime Murray (Stahma Tarr), Graham Greene (Rafe McCawley) and Mia Kirshner (Kenya). Here's Syfy's explanation of the show:

"Set in the near future, Defiance introduces an exotically transformed planet Earth, its landscapes permanently altered following the sudden and tumultuous arrival of seven unique alien races. In this somewhat unknown and unpredictable landscape, the richly diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Each week, viewers will follow an immersive character drama set in the boom-town of Defiance, which sits atop the ruins of St. Louis, MO, while in the game, players will adventure in the new frontier of the San Francisco Bay area. The dramatic tapestry of the series and the intense action of the game will exist in a single universe where their respective narratives will inform one another and evolve together into one overall story."

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