Slice of SciFi #103: Interview with Rachel Luttrell of “Stargate: Atlantis”

Rachel Luttrell

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News Bytes:

  • Rumor: Hugo Weaving may be providing the voice for Megatron in the upcoming Transformers movie, replacing the long-time voice actor Frank Welker.
  • Another remake of The Blob is in the works, but the new version will follow in the footsteps of Shaun of the Dead and Tremors
  • Illusionist Val Valentino’s masked persona from “Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magics Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed” is being considered for graphic novel treatment as a new kind of hero

Movie Talk:

  • Spiderman 3 fans have many reservations fans have about the appearance of so many villians and a partial rewriting of Spidey’s origin influence surrounding the death of Uncle Ben.
  • The modern day fable “Golden Door” is a mesmerizing glance at the immigration process, the internal dynamic that all immigrants face and are challenged with as they attempt to establish new roots and leave behind old ideas, mores and long established Old World cultures.
  • Uma Thurman is featured in a new short film for Pirelli Tires called Mission Zero

Slice of Trivia: Doug Kress is in studio, and gives us a live trivia test!

TV Talk: “Painkiller Jane”, the series based on the SciFi Original movie from 2006, premieres on the SCI FI Channel in the U.S. on Friday, April 13, 2007. Starring Kristanna Loken as Jane Vasco, the series is based on the comic-book series of the same name created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada.

Interview: Rachel Luttrell (“Teyla Emmagan”, Stargate: Atlantis) joins the crew for a festive interview about her life after joining a high-profile fan franchise. Her expectations for a short run have morphed into a great appreciation of how far and wide the fans are located, and how dedicated to the show they are.

She also tells us about life on the set as a woman who regularly kicks ass and takes names, and the fun of being on a longer running show with a strong fan following.

Future Talk: 300 director Zack Snyder’s next project may be an old story of his, Army of the Dead. It’s a zombie film set in the not-too-distant future where the city of Las Vegas has been turned into a quarantined area full of zombies. The story centers on a father who is trying to find an escape route out of Vegas in order to save his little daughter from the undead flesh eaters.

Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know. We’ve got plenty of voicemail from fans to listen and respond to, but you’ll hear that in a fresh, separate show.

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  1. Mathew says

    Frank Welker hasn’t played the voice of Megatron since 1986 in the first Transformers movie.

    IN Beast Wars the classic Megatron (in flashbacks) was voiced by Gary Chalk, while the new Megatron was voiced by David Kaye, in the later Robots in Disguise cartoon he was voiced by by Daniel Riordan, and in Transformers Armada and on it was voiced by David Kaye again.

    They have stated 4400 will be coming back this summer, but no exact date yet.

  2. says

    I stand corrected. Perhaps, as a huge fan of Welker’s long and impressive career I got a little over zealous in the story. Frank Welker, while not responsible for the voice of Megatron in every Transformer incarnation, was the voice of the character for a full 22 episodes in the original 1984 his series and is the most loved by fans as the voice of Megatron. It is true that David Kaye voice him more than anyone else, but did not receive the kind of fan support that Welker did for the part. Fans were very hopeful that Frank would be doing Megatron again for this big Michael Bay movie. It is now rumored that Bay may have hired Frank on to do voice work for another prominent character in the flick, but that cannot be substantiated at this point as fact.

  3. Mathew says

    Welker did try out for the part, so many fans had hoped to have the original two voices back. Of course Welker did voice over a dozen characters on the show, so even if he doesn’t have Megatron, no reason we can’t have him voice someone else – Sadly Soundwave was written out of the movie, which Welker also played. Peter Culler (Optimus Prime) voice several characters as well in the classic series – including Ironhide, but we still don’t know if he will be doing the voice of Ironhide in the movie. Bumblbee won’t have a speaking roll in the movie it seems, so we don’t need Dan Gilnanaz. The original voice actor of Starscream has passed away, so he won’t be reprising his roll, althouhg others have played Starscream since in other series.

  4. DeadParrot24 says

    For upcoming future TV SF, don’t forget Eureka, due in July on SF-Channel & Torchwood on BBC-America in addition to all the others you mentioned (Heroes, 4400, Dead Zone, StarGate, etc.)

  5. Lier X Agerate says

    You guys need to do your research for your characters.
    Rachel Luttrell plays Teyla, not ‘Talia’ as Mike and Evo called her.

    Summer is the only one who consistently got it right.

    Anyway, it was fun to hear the stories of the set, though the first half of the interview was boring.

  6. linda says

    also, I have heard quite a few interviews conducted with Rachel Luttrell, but I have not heard many journalist pronounce her last name correctly.

  7. Mathew says

    Latest news is that while Welker won’t be voicing Megatron in the movie, he WILL be voicing Megatron in the movie-based video game! What, so they are admitting they only hired Weaving for the name recognition? I bet Welker has more lines of dialog in the video game than Weaving has in the movie.

  8. fred says

    Her voice sounded a bit different to me during the interview than it does on the show. All in all another cool show.

  9. says

    Thanks guys, you really put me on a downer when Summer said that Frank Welker would not by voicing Megatron in the upcoming Transformers movie. When I first heard that Frank was a possibility I was excited because that classic voice of Megatron is unmistakable and so identified with the character. I’ve got nothing against Hugo Weaving, I like him, but I so really wanted to hear Frank Welker again.

    RIP Joe.