It’s official: The cast is set, the accelerator is warming up, and NBC’s Quantum Leap sequel has been ordered to series. The network also released a first image of star Raymond Lee (Kevin Can F—k Himself) as renowned physicist Dr. Ben Seong.
Along with Lee, the show stars Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, The Crow) as Herbert “Magic” Williams, the head of the Quantum Leap project, and Caitlin Bassett as Addison, who uses high-tech means to keep in contact with time travelers. As Variety notes, this is “likely similar to how the original series saw Admiral Al Calavicci (Dean Stockwell) communicate with Sam via hologram.”
Two other cast members have been announced: Nanrisa Lee (Star Trek: Picard) as Quantum Leap’s head of security, and Mason Alexander Park (The Sandman) as the head of the AI program.
As the series is a sequel, not a reboot, it takes into account the previous version of Quantum Leap. For one thing, Herbert “Magic” Williams is a returning character; he appeared, played by Christopher Kirby, in the original show’s third season. The show’s logline explains the connection between the original series and the sequel: “It’s been 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.”
Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt (co-showrunners of La Brea) are writers and executive producers for the show. Original Quantum Leap creator/executive producer Don Bellisario and narrator/executive producer Deborah Pratt are also executive producers, along with Blindspot creator Martin Gero.
There’s no word yet on when the series will premiere.