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Olmos Considering Galactica Command

By Beth Hannan Rimmels

Edward James Olmos is in negotiations to star as Commander Adama in the Sci Fi Channel's upcoming four-hour miniseries and backdoor pilot Battlestar Galactica. The role of Adama was originated by the late Lorne Greene in the late 1970s series and its spin-off, Galactica 1980.

In another deal, Mary McDonnell has signed on to play the role of President Laura Roslin. original 1980s TV series. The cast includes British actor Jamie Bamber as Apollo and Katee Sackhoff as Starbuck. Michael Rymer (Queen of the Damned) will direct this "reimagining" of the classic Galactica, based on a script by Ronald D. Moore (Roswell, Star Trek: First Contact) with David Fick (American Gothic, Hercules: Legendary Journeys). Production begins in Vancouver in March. Battlestar Galactica will air exclusively on Sci Fi in late 2003.