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Casting Couch: "Sarah Connor Chronicles" To Get New Villain?

Hmmm, could heroine Sarah Connor be getting a new villain already?

That's the way it appears, anyway, thanks to a new casting notice that's gone out today concerning the midseason drama The Sarah Connor Chronicles. The FOX actioner, a weekly TV spin-off of the Terminator franchise, has secured the talents of Garret Dillahunt (Deadwood) as a character named Cromartie, a substitute teacher at the high school where John Connor attends.

And, oh yeah, SPOILER ALERT time: the "mysterious" Cromartie is a Terminator unit send back in time to kill Sarah (Lena Headey) and John Connor (Thomas Dekker). Dillahunt is no stranger to playing a time-displaced villain; after all, he played the Machiavellian Matthew Ross on The 4400 for 11 episodes.

What's the problem? Well, in the pilot that had been shot for Sarah Connor Chronicles, Cromartie was played by The Nine's Owain Yeoman and I actually thought he did an admirable job, considering the pilot itself was rather dicey.

So, is Yeoman off The Sarah Connor Chronicles? It would appear so, but no mention was given in Hollywood Reporter that Dillahunt would be replacing him in the role. Curious.

Dillahunt can be seen right now on the big screen in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and will appear in a multiple-episode storyline on FX's Damages.

Comments

The CineManiac said…
I've got the original cut, which I need to watch. But I'm intrigued by the casting of Dillahunt, who was wonderfully creepy as Ross on The 4400.
As for Yeoman, I thought he was good in the first few episodes of The Nine, before I lost interest. But I think Dillahunt as a Terminator is a more intriguing idea, as I think it's creepier when a terminator looks more like an average person, than a Schwarzenegger, kind of like Robert Patrick in T2.
Shawn Anderson said…
This has me interested in it finally. Dillahunt has such an amazing ability to transform himself. He pulled off playing two different (kind of creepy) characters on Deadwood, and then was the most believable character (the physician) in the unbelievable John From Cincinatti (and that couldn't have been easy.)

I guess I'm interested to see him play a character outside of David Milch's world (The 4400 not withstanding).
Huh. I thought that Yeoman was good in the pilot. I like Dillahunt too. Either would be perfectly capable in the part but I am curious as to why they're getting rid of Yeoman.
Anonymous said…
I love him.

Still have no interest in watching the show.
Anonymous said…
Yeoman was great but only ever signed on as a guest for the pilot. He is now shooting the mini-series Generation Kill for HBO in Africa and without him being available the producers probably needed to get a new villain or face having a show with no terminator.

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