From a media release:
ONE MANâ€™S MEMORY HAS NEVER BEEN SO EXPLOSIVE
- Stuart Townsend headlines the all-new Canadian Original series XIII
- Premieres Wednesday, April 20 at 10pm ET/PT on Showcase
This spring Showcase entices viewers into the ultimate conspiracy theory with the new drama series XIII, starring Stuart Townsend (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Queen of the Damned). The all-new suspense thriller centres on XIII (Townsend), a skilled and lethal former secret agent who canâ€™t remember his past and sets out on a quest to uncover his true identity. XIII premieres Wednesday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Showcase.
Hunted by a dark anti-government organization, XIII quickly realizes that the closer he gets to uncovering the riddle of his past life, the more complex and deadly his mission becomes. Alongside Townsend, XIII stars Aisha Tyler (24, CSI, Friends) as Jones, a top CIA operator, Virginie Ledoyen (The Beach) as Irina, a mercenary hired by the former U.S. President to track XIII, and Caterina Murino (Casino Royale) as Sam, XIIIâ€™s trustworthy ally and love interest. The cast is rounded out by Greg Bryk (Saw V, Cra$h & Burn) as Amos, a national security officer, Stephen McHattie (Happy Town, 2012) as President Carrington and Ted Atherton (The Border) as Wally Sheridan, the former U.S. President and a possible traitor. Tom Berenger (Inception, Training Day) guest stars as Gerhardt, a mysterious European industrialist who wields power from the shadows.
XIII was developed and produced by Prodigy Pictures and French production company, Euopacorp Television, the television division of Luc Bessonâ€™s Europacorp (La Femme Nikita). In addition to airing in Canada on Showcase, the series will air on Canal Plus in France.
The creative forces behind XIII include Prodigy Picturesâ€™ Jay Firestone, Executive Producer, along with Cipangoâ€™s Edouard De VÃ©sinne and Thomas Anargyros. Frederic Bruneel co-produced the series. Gil Grant (NCIS: Los Angeles, 24) wrote the pilot and is the seriesâ€™ Showrunner and Executive Producer. Peter Mohan (Lost Girl, The Bridge) is the Co-Executive Producer for the series along with Damien Couvreur. The series is produced by Wanda Chaffey.
XIII is based on Jean Van Hammeâ€™s popular graphic novel of the same name, which has sold more than 13 million copies worldwide since the first volume was published 25 years ago. Filmed in Toronto, the series features 13 one-hour episodes of high-octane action.