Syfy officially grants a series order to Resident Alien, a comic book adaptation starring Firefly’s Alan Tudyk as the titular extraterrestrial. There are certain questions that keep much of humanity eternally wondering. Where does one go after death? Why do bad things happen to good people? How many times can Hollywood remake a movie before people stop going to see it? All kidding aside, another big question is whether or not humanity is alone in the universe, or if other intelligent life exists somewhere out there. That’s a question movies and TV show have loved to explore for decades now.

Sometimes pop culture’s fictional aliens are nice, such as in Steven Spielberg’s E.T. Other times they’re malevolent, such as in the various adaptations of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Then there are the cases where the motives of aliens aren’t as easy to categorize, such as The X-Files. Now, Tudyk is set to bring to life the small screen’s latest intergalactic visitor on Syfy’s upcoming series Resident Alien.

Tudyk was cast as the lead in Syfy’s Resident Alien pilot back in September, and now, Deadline reports that the genre-focused cable network has officially ordered the project to series. Resident Alien adapts a Dark Horse comic book of the same name, which was created by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, and debuted in 2012. Five four-issue miniseries have been released so far, with the most recent arriving in 2018. The Syfy series is set to begin production in Vancouver this summer.

Resident Alien stars Tudyk as an alien who crash-lands on Earth, then assumes the human identity of Harry, a small-town Colorado doctor. “Harry” isn’t on Earth by accident though, as it seems he has a secret mission that causes him to debate his own big question, that being whether or not humankind is worth saving. A prolific actor with over 100 credits on his resume, Tudyk has proven himself equally adept at both comedy and drama, and is probably still best known for playing Wash on the late, lamented FOX series Firefly. Tudyk also plays Mr. Nobody on DC Universe’s Doom Patrol series, and voices K-2SO in the Star Wars franchise.

Resident Alien is set to join a Syfy original programming line-up that currently includes heavy hitters like Deadly Class, Krypton, Wynonna Earp, and The Magicians, among other shows. While Syfy isn’t quite FOX in this regard, Tudyk fans should hope Resident Alien catches on quick, as Syfy has recently shown itself to be very willing to cancel shows. In 2018 alone, the network sent Channel Zero, Z Nation, Nightflyers, 12 Monkeys, and The Expanse to the big TV graveyard. For now, it’s unclear when Resident Alien will premiere.

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Source: Deadline