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After Years of Sci-Fi Dreck, Alexa Davalos Nabs Amazon’s ‘The Man in the High Castle’

After Years of Sci-Fi Dreck, Alexa Davalos Nabs Amazon’s ‘The Man in the High Castle’:

Think back to 2004. No matter how much you were hoping that The Chronicles of Riddick would be a worthy successor to Pitch Black, the moody, no-nonsense sci-fi thriller that made Vin Diesel the biggest bad-ass in the cosmos, I’ll wager no one wanted it more than then-budding starlet Alexa Davalos. Davalos had the ultimately thankless task of taking over the part of Jack-cum-Kyra in the overwrought sequel and, since then, has played a number of promising sci-fi/fantasy and action parts, none of which have managed to elevate her to the status of genre queen.

However, Davalos has just signed on as the lead in the Amazon adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick’s alternative universe novel in which the Nazis and the Japanese, having triumphed in World War II, now hold Fascist sway over North America. Not only does being heavily involved in a a Dick adaptation indelibly inscribe your name in the annals of sci-fi history, Davalos part sounds like a heroine fanboys will clamor madly for:

Davalos, repped by Anonymous Content, plays Juliana, who lives in Japanese-occupied San Francisco. She is fascinated by Japanese culture and has mastered the art of aikido, but her personal state of truce with the Empire Of Japan stops forever when her half sister Trudy is shot dead in front of her eyes by a Japanese soldier.

Riddick was a dud. Clash of the Titans was a boring remake that somehow managed to spawn a much better sequel — one which Davalos didn’t get to be in! And Mob City was canceled despite the imprimatur of Walking Dead developer Frank Darabont. Possibly, High Castle will right those wrongs and make Alexa Davalos a recognizable name. And why am I pulling for the barely-known, 32-year-old actress, by the way? You have to root for someone. This isn’t England.

(Via Deadline)

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