Gateworld reports here that Kate Hewlett, David’s sister and a professional actress, will play McKay’s sister in the Atlantis Season 3 episode “McKay and Mrs. Miller”. This is welcome news to Rodney/David fans and a great pay-off to David requesting in a Season 1 script that a reference to McKay having a brother be changed to a sister, to match his real life.
Read the GW article for spoilers on the episode and how it came to be.
From Sci Fi Wire comes the welcome news that David Hewlett did indeed film his own movie script during the Stargate Atlantis haitus. He had mentioned planning to do so during recent interviews. From SCI FI Wire:
Atlantis’ Hewlett Directs His Pals
Stargate Atlantis star David Hewlett, who plays the irascible genius Rodney McKay, told SCI FI Wire that he has enlisted fellow Atlantis stars and crew members to work on his independent feature film, A Dog’s Breakfast, in which he makes his feature writing and directing debut. The movie centers on squabbling siblings Patrick and Marilyn, who are driven over the edge when Marilyn brings home her new TV-star fiancé from the space soap opera Starcrossed. Patrick tries to drive a wedge between the happy couple … then he reaches for sharper instruments.
In addition to Hewlett, the movie features Atlantis co-stars Rachel Luttrell (Teyla) and Paul McGillion (Dr. Beckett), as well as Stargate SG-1 star Christopher Judge (Teal’c). The film’s crew includes Stargate producer John G. Lenic, cinematographer Jim Menard and an amalgamation of the Atlantis and SG-1 shooting crews. The cast also includes Amanda Byram. Hewlett is also working with his real-life partner, producer Jane Loughman, and his sister, actress Kate Hewlett.
Is the film’s storyline a thinly disguised version of Hewlett’s own life? “Let’s just say that it’s based on a true story,” he said in an e-mail interview. “Starcrossed is just an excuse to see Rachel (Luttrell) dressed as a sexy alien again, as it’s been far too long.”
A Dog’s Breakfast is wrapping production, which took place in and around Vancouver, Canada, where the two Stargate series also film. The movie does not have distribution yet. “At the end of February, we should have a cut of the movie together and will start sending it out to festivals and for distribution,” producer Lenic said.
Does A Dog’s Breakfast mean Hewlett really wants to direct? “All I really want right now is a holiday,” he said. Stargate Atlantis airs Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, immediately after Stargate SG-1.
Gateworld has obtained a synopsis of the movie’s plot and some wonderful production photos. Enjoy those at Gateworld.
We’ve created a full transcript of the already-released February 2006 Sci Fi Magazine Q&A that used questions submitted by fans. Included in our article are all the print and on-line Q&A’s for Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis, arranged by cast and crew member.
Enjoy the Q&A here!
Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis return with full casts, plus one
FROM SCIFI WIRE: SG-1 Adds Black As Regular
Claudia Black (Farscape) joins the regular cast of SCI FI Channel’s original series Stargate SG-1 in its upcoming 10th season, and the principal cast members of both SG-1 and its spinoff series, Stargate Atlantis, have signed on to reprise their roles in the recently announced new seasons, the network said.
Black, who plays the recurring role of Vala in SG-1‘s current ninth season, becomes a regular, joining stars Ben Browder, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge, Michael Shanks and Beau Bridges, who will all return.
Meanwhile, Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, David Hewlett, Rachel Luttrell, Paul McGillion and Jason Momoa will all return to Stargate Atlantis.
Stargate SG-1 becomes the longest-running SF drama on U.S. television and will mark its 200th episode in the upcoming season.
SG-1 wraps up its ninth season with new episodes starting on Jan. 6, 2006, paired with the final new second-season episodes of Atlantis and new episodes of Battlestar Galactica.
[Thanks to Aurora for the tip — DeeKayP]
MGM Television Entertainment Brings Star Power to Comic Con 2004
Tuesday July 6, 3:03 pm ET
The Casts of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis to Mingle With Fans at Annual Gathering
LOS ANGELES, July 6 /PRNewswire/ — Fans attending this year’s Comic Con convention in San Diego are in for an unprecedented treat, as stars of television’s longest-running sci-fi series, Stargate SG-1 (tied with The X-Files), will introduce fans to the genre’s newest stars, the principal cast of Stargate Atlantis, at a special panel presentation beginning at 11:30 am on Saturday, July 24.
Stargate SG-1 cast members confirmed to attend the convention include series stars Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping and Christopher Judge, who will be joined onstage by series creator Brad Wright and executive producer Rob Cooper.
Immediately following the SG-1 panel, attendees will meet the stars of Stargate Atlantis, Joe Flanigan, Torri Higginson, Rainbow Sun Francks, Rachel Luttrell and David Hewlett, who will be joined by director Martin Woods. This back-to-back panel presentation is an unprecedented opportunity for Stargate fans to hear from the stars and creative executives behind both series.
Then, at 3:00 pm on Saturday, stars of both series will meet fans and sign autographs at Comic Con’s designated “autograph site.”
Stargate Atlantis will premiere on SCI FI CHANNEL with a special two-hour movie event beginning at 9:00 pm on Friday, July 16, and will settle into its regular timeslot at 10:00 pm the following Friday, July 23. The Eighth Season premiere of Stargate SG-1 will take place at 9:00 pm on Friday, July 23.