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Watch the First Trailer for SyFy’s Upcoming Series Based on James S.A. Corey’s THE EXPANSE

James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse series is coming to the small screen in a 10 episode event courtesy of Syfy. There are some known names attached, such as Thomas Jane and Shohreh Aghdashloo, and it’s written by the writers of Children of Men and Iron Man, so it’s got promise, not to mention an extensive fan base for the series to pull on! Fingers crossed that Syfy brings the awesome!

Here’s how The Expanse is described (via

A thriller set two hundred years in the future, The Expanse follows the case of a missing young woman who brings a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain together in a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history.

This hour-long, ten episode series is based on the popular New York Times bestselling book series collectively known as The Expanse, written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck (under the pen name James S. A. Corey). Abraham and Franck will be show producers. The multi-installment, best-selling book series is published in 17 countries, including China, France, Japan, Australia, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. One in the series, Leviathan Wakes, was nominated for a Hugo Award as well as a Locus Award, while “Caliban’s War” was nominated for a Locus Award.

Thomas Jane (Hung, The Punisher) will play the lead character of Detective Miller, a native of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Detective Miller works for a corporate security force that operates as the law in the asteroid belt. Ragged and in search of something he can’t identify, Miller finds a new sense of purpose when he’s put in charge of the investigation of a missing heiress.

Shohreh Aghdashloo (The House of Sand and Fog, 24, House of Saddam) will portray Chrisjen Avasarala, a smart and passionate member of a political family legacy who has risen high in the ranks of Earth’s governing body.

Steven Strait (Magic City, City Island, 10,000 B.C.) will play Holden, an officer on the ice-carrying freighter, the Canterbury. Holden is a natural leader who’s not sure he wants responsibility, but will soon have no choice when he is drawn into a dangerous plot.

About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).

8 Comments on Watch the First Trailer for SyFy’s Upcoming Series Based on James S.A. Corey’s THE EXPANSE

  1. Some of this looks great, some of it is really poor SFX, especially one of those green screen shots. Now, a series can absolutely be great despite a low-budget (see, Babylon 5), but it must have good writing and good actors. Does The Expanse have any of that? I guess we’ll see.

    I hope so because I really enjoy the books and real space SF on TV is rare.

  2. Dear Syfy channel: please don’t F$%& this up!

  3. Oh brilliant, the trailer is not available in my country. Really, SyFy and other American TV channels, why do you do this?

  4. I really love the novels, but that trailer is awful. It fails to tell the audience at all why they should watch the movie. It doesn’t convey the tone of the novels, it just doesn’t have that gothic atmosphere. The joystick controller is just cheesy and stupid. Didn’t they already use that as a joke in a Star Trek movie? And it looks very low budget. Battlestar Galactica which is now more than a decade old looked much better. This is not just a result of the budget but cinematography and set design. I had recommended the series blindly to friends just on the basis of the novels, and now I’m going to tell them never mind.

  5. I’m afraid to look. Really, since I’m sure not even a marathon-length Peter Jackson-esque treatment could do the book justice, considering that despite it’s length there is little fat or wasted verbiage in the book. I hope perhaps this will add readers of the series, but am concerned it will have the opposite influence.

  6. Yes, SyyyFyyy, don’t screw this one up (the way you appear to be screwing up Childhood’s End)!

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