With the final season of Battlestar Galactica
airing in early 2008, executive producer David Eick is preparing to launch another re-imagined series, Bionic Woman
. The show will feature actress Michelle Ryan
as the modernized Jamie Sommers.
New characters have also been added to the mix, one of who is Jamie’s nemesis, Sarah Corvus. In casting the female villain, Eick opened auditions to several actresses, including Battlestar Galactica
’s Katee Sackhoff
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Sackhoff told IGN recently that she instructed her agent to tell Eick she wanted to try out for the nemesis role in Bionic Woman
. “I went in and I auditioned, and it was a lengthy process,” she explained. “I went in four times to audition, and it was almost as bad as my Battlestar
) audition. And I ended up getting the part.”
The 27-year-old actress, who plays Captain “Starbuck” Thrace on the popular sci-fi series, also said that upon reading the script of Bionic Woman
, she knew she wanted to play Sarah, a character who has “no redeeming qualities whatsoever.”
Since the script called for an intense fight scene between Sackhoff and Ryan, the two actresses had to undergo physical training. Sackhoff had an easier time with the training, given her Battlestar Galactica
“I felt bad for (Michelle), because she was in training for about a month and a half for that fight scene, and I had about ten minutes, and I was like, "Alright, let's go!’…Michelle's like "I've been doing this for like a month and a half and you can do this,’” Sackhoff told IGN. “But Michelle did a great job. She was superb. I'm very, very, very proud of her.”
However, she also pointed out that since her character in Bionic Woman
is much stronger than Starbuck, her movements during the fight scenes were more fluid and less erratic.
When asked if Eick has talked to her about how much she’ll be appearing on the show, Sackhoff simply replied, “I can't say… But I will be back.”
is set to premiere this September, filling in NBC’s Wednesday 9:00/8:00c timeslot.
-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Photo Courtesy of NBC)