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Alan Tudyk will be a Resident Alien in the pilot for Syfy’s adaptation of the Dark Horse comic

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Syfy is working on a TV show based on the Dark Horse comic Resident Alien by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. They have released some casting details for the pilot and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One, Con Man) will be playing the lead Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle, a reclusive resident of a small Colorado town who also happens to be an alien. That is fantastic casting.

Surviving a crash landing, a stranded alien seeks refuge in the small town of Patience, USA, where he hides undercover as a retired doctor. Masking his appearance using his unique mental abilities and now known as Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle, all the alien wants is to be left alone until he’s rescued. However, when the town’s real doctor dies, “Dr. Harry” is pulled into medical service – and finds himself smack-dab in the middle of a murder mystery! He also finds police procedural work to be oddly appealing, and it’ll certainly kill time until he’s found. Acclaimed creators Peter Hogan (2000 AD, Tom Strong) and Steve Parkhouse (Milkman Murders, Doctor Who) deliver a truly unique sci-fi adventure tale with heart and humor!

Sara Tomko, Corey Reynolds, Alice Wetterlund and Levi Fiehler have also been cast in the pilot.

According to THR, Tomko will play a resident of Patience, Colorado, named Asta Twelvetrees, who will complicate the alien’s mission considerably. Reynolds (The Closer, Murder in the First) is Sheriff Mike Thompson, who runs Patience with an iron fist, even breaking into people’s houses when he suspects they’re up to something, which is pretty much always. Wetterlund (People of Earth, Silicon Valley) will play former Olympic snowboarder turned ski patrol member D’Arcy Morin, who uses a mortar launcher to clear avalanches and occasionally just blow off some steam. Fiehler (Mars, The Fosters) plays recent college grad Ben Hawthorne, who ran for mayor to pad his resumé and now finds himself dealing with the fallout from a grisly murder.

Family Guy veteran Chris Sheridan adapted the comic by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse. He executive produces Resident Alien along with Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg of Dark Horse Entertainment and Amblin TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

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