According to The Hollywood Reporter, Eric Johnson — Smallville‘s Whitney Fordman — has been cast in the title role in Sci Fi’s Flash Gordon series.
The 22-hour series, which puts a contemporary spin on the legendary comic-strip space opera, is set to premiere in August.
Production is scheduled to begin May 1 in Vancouver. However, casting continues for the parts of Dale Arden and Hans Zarkov.
The first two episodes of Flash Gordon were written by executive producer Peter Hume (Charmed), and will be directed by Rick Rosenthal (Smallville, The Dresden Files).