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• 8/16/2017

New cast members: Steven Strait as Holden and Shohreh Aghdashloo as Avasarala!

Steven Strait

Steven Strait in 2009

Shohreh Aghdashloo

Shohreh Aghdashloo in 2008

More big news on SyFy's upcoming The Expanse TV series: American actor Steven Strait will star as Holden, and Iranian American actor Shohreh Aghdashloo will play Avasarala![1] This comes in addition to last month's reveal of Thomas Jane starring as Miller.

Steven Strait starred in the two-season TV series Magic City, and has also starred in the 2012 sci-fi thriller After. Aghdashloo was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance in House of Sand and Fog (2003) and won a Primetime Emmy for the HBO miniseries House of Saddam (2008), both awarded for her work as supporting actress; in the sci-fi department she had a minor role in X-Men: The Last Stand.

All three cast members are slightly younger than their book counterparts – Strait (28) plays Holden (30), Aghdashloo (62) plays Avasarala (in her seventies) and Jane (45) plays Miller (49) – but not much.

More interesting is the fact that the cast for the 10 episode series so far includes characters from the two first books, Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War, which suggests that we will not get a full season treatment for each book.

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A FANDOM User
• 9/19/2014

They might just want to introduce Avasarala early so she's not a complete newcomer for the second series - it would be easy enough to just have her on the sidelines of Leviathan Wakes, swearing about how much Holden's screwing everything up, and putting a face to the various Earther politicians trying to hold everything together.

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A FANDOM User
• 9/29/2014

These actors are too young! Starting to worry that this series will end up as typical Syfy channel nonsense.

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A FANDOM User
• 11/4/2014

I think they've done a great job with the casting so far, but I'm a little worried about Wes Chatham playing Amos. The actor is 36, which is about right, but he's not big enough, ugly enough, and isn't the barrel-chested friendly faced mechanic we were promised. Hopefully he gains some weight and they find a way to make him look taller on screen. Amos Burton is my favorite crew member of the Rocinante, and they'd better not screw him up!

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A FANDOM User
• 11/4/2014

Trust me, Wes is a tank and looks even bigger on Camera.

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A FANDOM User
• 11/24/2014

Does everyone agree with Steven Strait, though? Even though my mental image of Holden is similar, i absolutely can't agree with this. Holden is a perhaps boyish man, but this guy is just boyish.

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A FANDOM User
• 11/25/2014

No, he isn't. The pictures of him on line are old.  Wait and see.

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A FANDOM User
• 12/28/2014

I had to check a few pictures actually about Steven Strait, because he seems so wrong for the part. But with the right look, I can get behind it. He still looks too young though. I hope his acting will vouch for the capable Holden I know and like. Speaking of which I hardly dare hope this about Amos' case. I'm really dissatisfied with the casting there... And then again... everyone is so damn young! Dear producers, these are not child actors, it won't get so obvious that they have grown older during the filming process! And better give each book a own season. I don't want this to be rushed.

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