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More cast added to NBC’s JJ Abrams-made science fiction drama pilot, Revolution

Billy Burke

The NBC pilot, Revolution, is a an intriguing post apocalypse science fiction drama where survivors try to adapt to a world devastated when all forms of fuel-produced energy ceases to exist. It’s the newest project by the two-man team of JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk (Lost, Fringe, Star Trek, Person of Interest, Alcatraz) and new partner, Eric Kripke (Supernatural).

Similar to the 2004 S.M. Stirling novel, Dies the Fire, where for some mysterious reason the laws of physics changes and no modern power sources work is being produced by Warner Brothers and directed by Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens).

Casting directors have pulled a mix of veteran actors and relative newcomers to fill out the cast of characters, who are struggling to reunite with one another after all artificial transportation suddenly stops working.

Perhaps the most familiar face in the crowded cast is actor Billy Burke, best known to movie goers as Charlie Swan, the near-silent father of Bella in the Twilight films.

Current Cast:

  • Andrea Roth (Ringer, Rescue Me) as Rachel Matheson
  • Anna Lise Phillips (Terra Nova, Farscape) as Maggie
  • Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga, Red Riding Hood) as Bass (?)
  • Giancarlo Esposito (Once Upon a Time) as Captain Tom Neville
  • Graham Rogers as Danny Matheson
  • J.D. Pardo (The Twilight Saga) as Nate Walker
  • Tim Guinee (The Good Wife, 24, Stargate SG-1 ) as Ben Matheson
  • Tracy Spiradakos (Being Human) as Charlie Matheson
  • Zak Orth (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) as Aaron

David Speakman

David Speakman has spent more than two decades as a writer/editor, photographer, graphic designer and manager of creative teams in broadcast, print and the Internet. His education is in journalism, graphic design, organizational communication and law.


  1. Are Stirling's people planning any legal action? This sounds too much like theft to me. But I guess if they don't go so far as to make gun powder nonfunctional as well, they'll get away with it. Could they not at least give the man a nod? And to think, I USED to be a big fan of both Abrams and Kripke. It's a shame that that they got Favreau in on this heist as well.

    • Can't copyright an idea – only the specific storytelling of an idea! ( can you tell I'm studying a book on copyright this evening ?)

    • I know, but this comes out just as Stirling's books are starting to get a big following. Jump on the train then commandeer the engine. Nice.

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