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2009 Summer TV Preview: Virtuality

If you’re a geek like me, the completion of Battlestar Galactica has likely left a gaping hole in your TV schedule on Friday nights. Later this month, Fox is set to deliver some scifi fun of their own for one night with their new original movie, Virtuality and what’s more, BSG’s Ronald D. Moore is one of the writers (and exec producers) of the film.

The premise sounds a bit complex. As I understand it, Virtuality follows a group of people sent on a mission from earth into outer space. Their ten-year journey will hopefully lead to the survival of earth. Since they have a decade to kill on their way through distant solar systems, travelling millions of miles, they’re set up with a virtual reality system so they can live out virtual lives rather than spending ten years playing checkers and text-messaging folks back home. According to Fox’s info on the film, “Each crew member can assume adventurous, avatar-like identities as they explore self-created worlds and scenarios, or simply spend quality down time as themselves in the ultra-life-like simulators. From a war hero to a rock star to secret lovers on an island, these are their psychological lifelines, and each module’s unique setting was chosen by the crew member before departing Earth.”

Sounds pretty cool… in theory. The conflict comes in when, as the crew members go in and out of reality, they come to realize that there’s a virus in the system. Something’s messing with their virtual-lives and it could be one of their own that’s behind it. They’ve got a mission to complete but now they have to worry that there’s someone among them that might be trying to derail their plans.

Below is the list of credits and further down, a nice set of images for the film, which airs Friday, June 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

DIRECTOR

Peter Berg

WRITERS

Ronald D. Moore

Michael Taylor

CAST

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Commander Frank Pike

Sienna Guillory as Rika Goddard

James D’Arcy as Dr. Roger Fallon

Ritchie Coster as Dr. Jimmy Johnson

Erik Jensen as Dr. Jules Braun

Omar Metwally as Dr. Adin Meyer

Kerry Bishe as Billie Kashmiri

Joy Bryant as Alice Thibadeau

Nelson Lee as Kenji Yamamoto

Jose Pablo Cantillo as Manny Rodriguez

Gene Farber as Val Orlovsky

Clea Duvall as Sue Parsons

Jimmi Simpson as Green-Eyed Man

Virtuality premieres Friday, June 26 at 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT on FOX.

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