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5 Things The Stars Of The Expanse Said At Fan Expo That Made Us Even More Pumped For The Premiere

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Already earning comparisons to Battlestar Galactica and an endorsement from Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin, The Expanse is easily the year’s most anticipated new science fiction series. While you’ll have to wait until December 14th to see the premiere, the first episode screened at Fan Expo on Saturday afternoon—to a rapturous response. Following the screening, stars Cas Anvar, Steven Strait, and Florence Faivre joined InnerSpace’s Morgan Hoffman and Teddy Wilson for an informative Q&A, detailing several of the reasons you should be excited about The Expanse.


1. It has a powerhouse writing team

When he read the script for the pilot, Strait was “blown away by the subtleties, the character development, and the scope,” qualities the writing staff is determined to maintain throughout the run of the series. “We have these amazing guys in the writers room, Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus—who wrote Children of Men and Iron Man—and our novelists are in the writers’ room with them every step of the way, and on set some days, which is totally unusual and great.”

2. It features strong female characters

Faivre plays Juliette Andromeda Mao, one of several strong female characters on the series. According to the actress, the character’s idealistic sense of fight parallels her own temperament. “She’s all about justice, and that’s a big similarity,” explained Faivre. “She does martial arts… and I’ve been protecting myself from my brother my entire life.”

3. It’s made by sci-fi geeks

Having spent his whole life preoccupied with all thinks geek, Anvar sees Alex Kamal as a dream role. “I’m a big sci-fi fan, comicbook collector, video game player, and all that stuff,” he said. “To get to play a character who is a Mars-born fighter pilot ex-Navy of East-Indian/Pakistani descent with a Texas accent is kind of like a geek boy wet dream.”

4. It’s got zero gravity romance

The first episode of The Expanse features a zero gravity sex scene that would have been nearly impossible to execute—if not for some valuable backup. “We tried to make it as real as possible,” said Strait. “But I was concerned when I read it. I was like, ‘How are we going to pull this off? I don’t want this to seem hokey.’ But we actually had a choreographer. It was very… comfortable.”

5. It’s unusually realistic

The show’s commitment to realism brought about many limitations, but Anvar says this fueled the creativity of all involved. “Once you abandon that conceit of far-fetched science fiction technology, and you go real on it, you have an obstacle that is so huge, that provides so much drama and suspense: space itself.”