Robert Carlyle headlining Stargate Universe

When Stargate fans heard that Stargate Atlantis was being shot out into space, never to return again, they pretty much freaked out. The Stargate franchise has been on television since 1997, and was in danger of fizzling out with the end of Stargate Atlantis at the conclusion of the current season. But Stargate will live on in the form of Stargate Universe, and now Universe has its captain.

The new spin-off will be headlined by Scottish actor Robert Carlyle, as announced by Sci Fi today. Carlyle first found international fame playing the thuggish drunkard Begbie in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting. He's since appeared in The Full Monty, 28 Days Later, and in 24: Redemption as Carl Benton.

In Stargate Universe, Carlyle will play Dr. David Rush and lead his team as they end up on an ancient spaceship after doing the portal thing through a stargate. Rush will struggle to understand the ship's secrets and try to get the team home, but may have ulterior motives.

Let's hope he keeps that kick-ass Scottish accent.

Stargate Universe was announced within days of Atlantis' demise, and is expected to be given a 20-episode initial order and launch next summer.

Stargate fans, are you OK with Carlyle in the lead role?

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Don't care. SGU makes me want to hurl and I'm still majorly pissed at TPTB.
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I'm not fussed whether he plays his character as a jock or as a yank. As long as he's not playing a Belfast Loyalist as he did in 24. If you're going to be Irish, head a bit further south. Please.
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Robert Carlyle is a great actor. I cannot wait to see him on SG-U.
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The guy is an unknown to U.S. viewers, the show reeks of Star Trek, and it got Atlantis canceled! I don't think it's gonna be any good. Screw you producers, you could have at least replaced SGA with something better than a Star Trek rip-off with nobodies who appeal to no one.
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Why..oh why..do we have to always follow in the footsteps of Star Trek? Now we need a spaceship? Plus a spaceship that has people stranded & begin a journey or should I say Voyage home? Come on...The unique thing about Stargate is that they used...a Stargate!
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I´ll miss Todd the wraith.
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Looks promising! Gotta keep scottish accent ofcourse :p
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i've not heard of R.Carlyle but i hope that he will fit the role well. its a shame the Atlantis was cancelled whe in my opinion it was still in it's prime. the good news is that there are still so many unawnsered qquestions... what happened to Carson?
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R.Carlyle..Yeah indeed i gotta agree with Scottish Accent thingy =)
It will save the whole thing..Assuming he has it in da show :P
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I'm not familiar with this guy, but I'm happy that there will still be some sort of Stargate series again after having just seen the SGA finale. Maybe they can add Amanda Tapping when Sanctuary gets the axe; I want to like that show, but I just don't see it going very far without some major improvements, although the season finale was a decent start.



I've thought for several years that Jason Alexander should be the next Star Trek captain (to be played in an exaggerated Shatner style) -- maybe they can get him for SGU... that would be a real hoot. Of course, I'd also like to see Carrot Top cast as a Vulcan, so...
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hell yae rob rocks BUT HE MUST KEEP THE SCOTTISH ACCENT!!!!
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Robert Carlyle is an amazing actor, and although I liked Richard Dean Anderson in SG1, Carlyle is a far better and rounded actor. Whether the premise works or not is another question entirely. I also hope he keeps his Scottish accent and leads the expedition, because I'm a little tired of the U.S. dominated leadership role. Either way I'll definitely tune in!
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Would Rather see Ben Browder from SG-1 take the lead role.
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That's an interesting choice (positive, I'd say)... but they definitely should cast David Hewlett too
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Carlyle is a great actor, so I think he will contribute greatly to the new stargate spin-off, the question is however if it will live up to the expectations after the great SG-1 and even greater SGA
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I was just sitting here reading about Stargate Universe and it just hit me. Let's see If you can see it too.
Stargate SG1 - A group of adventures roaming through the galaxy doing good.
Stargate Atlantis - A group of adventures in a city that is also a space ship fighting the forces of evil far away in another galaxy.
Stargate Universe - A group of folks accidentally stranded in a space ship in some far off place trying to get home.
Star Trek The Next Generation - A group of adventures roaming through the galaxy doing good.
Star Trek Deep Space Nine - A group of adventures in a city that is also a space station fighting the forces of evil far away in the farthest parts of the Federation.
Star Trek Voyager - A group of folks accidentally stranded in a space ship in some far off part of the galaxy trying to get home.
I suppose the next incarnation of Stargate after Universe will be a prequel about the struggles of the ancients setting up the Stargate system and seeding life here on earth.
I'm not complaining, it's just an observation.
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The Hollywood Reporter reported in mid-December that Robert Carlyle was cast as the next Stargate leader, Dr. David Rush.[16] Joseph Mallozzi had first mentioned Rush in his blog a month before ("he's going to be a handful"),[9] but later rectified official reports that "the ship's brilliant Machiavellian scientist" Rush "is not the leader of the unplanned expedition. That honor falls to Colonel Everett Young. For now. But things could have a way of changing on board a ship manned by a disparate group with very different agendas...".
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I really like him, so at least this is one thing to look forward to about the show, coz there's not much else. And he'd BETTER keep his accent!!
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Oh my ..... I was unhappy about the premature ending of SGA (really beyond belief).. I got used to Joe Flanigan and David Hewlett and liked them a lot. How on earth can they expect me to even try Universe with Carlyle... C'mon guys you can do better .. he does baddy roles like in 007 and Eragon which he did really well.. He is no Richard Dean, Michael Shanks, Ben Browder or my other mentioned favourites... Sorry Mr. carlyle but I cannot even picture you in our Stargate Universe
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Please dont tell me someone is comparing RDA to Carlyle?? Your kidding right? carlyle is a great character actor that has been in countless different roles from The Theatre to Zombie movies to TV! His resume is extensive and he always plays weird, interesting, quirky characters. So yes, this is good news.
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I'll watch anything with Robert Carlyle in it! Will tune in.
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I'll watch anyway, but not happy
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All I know is is that i am going to give it a big try!!
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I like Robert Carlyle - I think he would be okay on a Stargate show - but not as the Captain. They need to bring in David Hewlett and make him the lead character.
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Carlyle doesn't seem to be the type for the lead of a stargate series. When i first heard there was going to be another stargate series, i was happy, but it seems any hopes i had for more stargate are dwindling.
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Unfortunately the premise of Stargate Universe is weak to say the least and I think it will end up flopping :/
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I've hardly seen anything that he's in, just 24: Redemption. But he was good in that, and could be a nice addition to the series.



I'm still not sure about the series itself though. From what I've heard so far, I'm not really liking it, exept for the fact that it's supposed to be more focused on a story-arc and developing the characters. But I don't know wat to think about those characters yet (I don't like what I've heard so far, but they could surprise me), and don't really care for its Voyager-like premise. But I'll give it a chance. It could surprise me. And hopefully Robert Carlyle will be able to help the series with his acting.
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Hmm...I like Robert Carlyle. Let's wait and see.
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This is soooooo bad, I love Stargate but I can't stand Robert Carlyle! I really hope he isn't the lead character or I can't see me liking the new show. (And I'm Scottish so it's nothing to do with the accent!)
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Yes!!! A Scottish accent. This would be interesting in yhe show :)
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Yeah!!! Love an accent. Too long to wait though.
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I'm not really a Stargate fan and have only watched a couple of the original show' episodes but for Robert Carlyle I will give it a try. Great actor!
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Aw yeah! I believe in miracles, where you from you sexy thing? I think he can do it. The premise here sounds a bit like Star Trek Voyager, but that was a kickin'a show, so I'm ok with that.
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Oooh, nice! We liked seeing him in Hamish Macbeth, of course, seeing Angus in the series was cool too!
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Good start to the cast in my books !
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As far as I recall from casting sheets, Dr Rush isn't the lead - it's Col. Everett Young (sp). I'm a huge fan of Robert Carlyle, I've seen EVERYTHING he's been in. He's the best actor SG have attracted ever! In fact I believe he's too good for SG! This could be a good move for them, but it could also fall flat. I always believed David Hewlett was a great actor and the rest really fell flat around him in SGA. True, Joe Flanigan has drastically improved, but no where near Hewlett's callibre. With Carlyle as one of the main characters, and better than Hewlett, there's a liklihood that the other actors will be nothing in comparison and it'll ruin the show.

I think Robert Carlyle is known and tallented enough to attract a fairly high price - he was just in the 24 movie for crying out loud! So they must be sacrificing quality of other actors and/or episode quality in hiring someone like Carlyle!

Either way, it matters not to me. My SG fandom dies with SGA and if I do ever meet the brilliant Carlyle again, I'll no longer be able to state that I've seen everything he's been in! (This isn't as much an obsession with the actor than is it the fact I live in Scotland where they tend to show everything Carlyle and Ewan McGreggor have been in as often as possible :-P)
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TigerLord- have you seen the two actors in more than one type of show? I am a BIG RDA fan, but Carlyle is of quite another caliper.
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I haven't watched any type of stargate in long time but I'll watch it. I hope he keeps his Scottish accent.
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"Out of the three leads, Robert Carlyle is by far the better actor. "

You are insane. Carlyle isn't even close of being on Richard Dean Anderson's level. Not even comparable.
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Oh, cool! Robert Carlyle is awesome!



However... "In Stargate Universe, Carlyle will play Dr. David Rush and lead his team as they end up on an ancient spaceship after doing the portal thing through a stargate. Rush will struggle to understand the ship's secrets and try to get the team home, but may have ulterior motives." - Sounds a little Voyager-ish to me...
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Wow.. i'm a big SG fan and love Carlyle' work
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He's great and I like the departure from a military lead to a scientific one. Looks like David "Rodney McKay" Hewlett was a pioneer. That makes two Scottish characters in the franchise's history that are bad ass (Paul McGillion as Dr. Carson Beckett) which ain't bad either.
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Love the guy. I will definitely give the show a shot with him in it.
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Interesting....Will be fun to see how he develops
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It sounds good. Robert Carlyle is an excellent actor and will be great in this new addition to Stargate.
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looks interesting
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Well, this is a good start. I thought that SGU would have a lot of young actors, but I'm glad that they chose an experienced actor to play the lead character. Carlyle was good in 24 - hopefully he will be good in SGU as well.
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Carlyle is a great actor. I can't see him staying with Universe though. Seems to me that his career is still to fresh. I will be tuning in for sure though.
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Sounds good, he is an excellent actor, will be looking forward to seeing this next summer.
And comparing him to the lead characters from the other two SG-1 and Atlantis is pointless, as nobody has seen this yet. Out of the three leads, Robert Carlyle is by far the better actor.
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I've never been a fan of Stargate but with Robery Carlyle heading the new series, I'll be sure to watch.
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