Pullman – best known for his role as the US President in Independence Day (1996) and as Jack Wells in Lake Placid (1999), will play criminal Oswald Jones:
“…a highly intelligent murderer who gets out of prison on a technicality and becomes a media sensation. While it seems like heâ€™s repentant for his crime, heâ€™s also full of rage.”
This isn’t a cameo part either, but a recurring role. If this doesn’t underline the ambition of BBC Wales, BBC Worldwide and Starz for the future success of Torchwood, then nothing will.
Great casting news!
Meanwhile, Torchwood: The New World has its Rex Matheson. American actor Mekhi Phifer has been cast as devil may care, tough as nails, dedicated CIA agent alongside regulars John Barrowman and Eve Myles for the American incarnation of the Scooby Gang, according to Deadline.
Phifer is best known for his role as Dr. Gregory Pratt in long-running medical drama ER as well as an acclaimed debut performance in Spike Lee’s Clockers as Strike, a New Jersey drug dealer caught up in the murder of a night watch man.
Matheson is described in co-producing American network Starz Character Descriptions as (and its best to adopt a gravely trailer voice-over man voice for this):
Heâ€™s 28, the golden boy.
Has been, all his life. Harvard education, fast-tracker in the C.I.A., destined for success. Though heâ€™s never taken it easy â€“ Rex hustles, seduces and campaigns to get where he is today. He can talk his way into anything, then charm his way out, fast. Heâ€™s made a lot of enemies, but his friends and lovers would defend him to death. His choice of career is significant. Someone like Rex could make a fortune in Wall Street, or Hollywood. But choosing the C.I.A. says a lot about him: that for all his swagger, he does believe in justice. And will fight for it.
Slowly but surely, we see him make friends. Heâ€™s thrown together a bunch of people known as Torchwood, the only people who might have the answer to a global mystery. To Rex, at first, theyâ€™re a bunch of freaks. Welsh women and World War 2 Captains, whatâ€™s that about?! But as they race from one crisis to another, dodging assassins, blackmail, corruption and conspiracy, from Washington to Wales and the slums of Shanghai, Rex forges friendships in the heat of fire. He learns to trust his new colleagues. And they realize that this dangerous, dazzling, reckless man is the best friend they could ever have, in a world going to hell.They frighten us, men like Rex. We wish we were him; we never will be.
He’ll be joining Crash star Arlene Tur who has a recurring role as CIA Watch Analyst Vera Juarez.