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New Flash Gordon Series Lands on Sci Fi

Eric Johnson of "Smallville" fame is headed to outer space as Flash Gordon.

Johnson will play the adventurous Gordon in a new Sci Fi Channel series that puts an updated spin on the comic book character and his adventures.

The 22-hour series is set to debut in August with Gordon, backed by his classic cohorts Dale Arden and Dr. Zarkov, trying to safeguard Earth against attack by the cruel intergalactic predator, Ming.

The cast has not yet been set for the other roles.

Johnson played Whitney Fordman on the first season of CW's Superman saga, "Smallville." His character joined the Marines and was killed in the line of duty in season two.

"Flash Gordon" is being produced by Reunion Pictures under an agreement with King Features Syndicate, which owns the comic-book franchise. The Gordon character, originally drawn in 1934 by Alex Raymond, has been featured in radio serials, serial films, feature films, TV films and TV shows.

Sci Fi Channel says production on the new show is scheduled to begin next month in Canada, and it will air in the fall.

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