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Syfy announces its first casting news about BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME since we learned of this prequel project in October. reports that Luke Pasqualino (The Apparition, Skins-UK) has been cast as young, brash fighter pilot Ensign William Adama, who just recently graduated from the Academy and is eager to see some action at war. But on the Galactica – the newest Battlestar in the Colonial fleet, he clashes with his commanding officer, played by Ben Cotton (Hellcats, Riese, Harper’s Island). Cotton’s character Coker has 45 days left on his tour of duty and wants nothing more to do with fighting and war. Eventually the two men bond over a routine mission that turns dangerous and becomes critical for the fleet.

Blood & Chrome is set during the 10th year of the First Cylon War, which takes place between the shows Caprica and Battlestar Galactica. The end of the First Cylon War also was depicted in the webisode series, Battlestar Galactica: Razor Flashbacks, released in 2007.

Written by Michael Taylor and executive produced by David Eick, Blood & Chrome goes into production (reportedly with virtual sets produced by digitally scanning the previous Battlestar Galactica sets) this year and will air a two-hour pilot on Syfy either at the end of 2011 or early 2012.