Battlestar Galactica actress Tricia Helfer has lined up a recurring role on NBC’s upcoming drama series The Firm. The show is based on John Grisham’s best-selling novel and the 1993 Tom Cruise film, but is set ten years later. Josh Lucas takes over Cruise’s role of Mitch McDeere as he and his wife Abby (Molly Parker) try to start a new life in Washington D.C. According to TVline, Helfer will play Alex Clark, the senior partner of Kinross & Clark, who brings in Mitch as a partner. Also in the cast are Juliette Lewis as Tammy, Mitch’s “feisty” receptionist, and another BSG star Callum Keith Rennie as Ray McDeere, Mitch’s volatile older brother. Production on the series is currently underway in Toronto, and it is being set up as a midseason replacement for NBC.
As a huge fan of Battlestar Galactica, it is nice to see a lot of the show’s stars getting lots more work in the Hollywood TV world. In addition to Helfer and Rennie, other Battlestar vets including Jamie Bamber (Apollo), Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck), and James Callis (Dr. Baltar), among others, have lined up series regular gigs. Mary McDonnell (President Roslin) joined the cast of TNT’s The Closer last year, while Grace Park (Athena/Boomer) will be starting her second season on CBS’ Hawaii Five-O in September.