Jeri Ryan will star in Syfy's new scripted thriller, "Helix," the channel announced Tuesday. Science-fiction fans are familiar with Ryan thanks to her role as Seven of Nine on "Star Trek: Voyager."
More recently, though, she played Dr. Kate Murphy on ABC's "Body of Proof." She was also a series regular on "Boston Public," CBS' "Shark" (with James Woods) and NBC's "Dark Skies," among others.
The "Helix" cast also includes Billy Campbell ("The Killing") and Hiroyuki Sanada ("The Wolverine"). The show is produced by Ronald D. Moore ("Battlestar Galactica"), show runner Steven Maeda ("Lost," "The X-Files") and Lynda Obst ("Sleepless in Seattle," "Contact").
"Helix" is a gripping thriller about a group of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who are investigating a mysterious disease outbreak at a research facility in the arctic. But the constantly evolving virus is only part of the unfolding terror as the fate of mankind hangs in the balance.
Ryan plays Constance Sutton, the owner of Arctic Biosystems, where the series takes place. Campbell plays Dr. Alan Farragut, who heads up the CDC research team that is investigating the outbreak and Sanada is Dr. Hiroshi Hatake, the director of Arctic Biosystems.
The 13-episode drama series will debut in 2014.
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