Netflix is venturing into alien territory with its new show, Another Life, which premieres with a 10-episode season on Jul. 25. The sci-fi series follows a team of explorers who are sent to investigate an extraterrestrial spacecraft after it lands on Earth. The show features a number of familiar faces, and because it’s always fun to pinpoint where you know the actors from, here’s a breakdown of the cast of Another Life.
Along with its recognizable cast, the series incorporates some familiar sci-fi tropes that viewers might find nostalgic. The aesthetic and origin story of its mysterious alien ship are reminiscent of films like Arrival and Annihilation, especially the manner in which the human team is trying to communicate with it. The set-up of the crew’s space ship and their missions remind me a lot of Star Trek or Babylon 5 . Plus, with Battlestar Galactica star Katee Sackhoff as the crew’s captain, you can’t help but feel like the show is melting pot of popular sci-fi elements.
But as you watch Another Life, you’ll see plenty of actors you may remember from other shows, and if you want to know exactly who they are and where they’re from, check out this breakdown of the cast.
Known for her role as Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on Battlestar Galactica, actress Katee Sackhoff steps in the lead as Niko Breckinridge, the captain of the interstellar team that goes on to explore the alien ship.
One of the most familiar faces on the series is Selma Blair, who plays the popular social media influencer, Harper Glass. Blair has had an extensive TV and film career, but she’s most known from her roles in popular films like Legally Blonde, Hellboy, and Cruel Intentions.
Taking on the role of Niko’s husband Erik, is actor Justin Chatwin. You may recognize him from shows like Shameless, War of the Worlds, and Doctor Who.
Young actress Lina Renna plays Niko and Erik’s daughter, Jana. Before Another Life, Renna was featured in the cast of The Edge of Seventeen.
Niko’s reluctant second commander, Ian Yerxa is played by Tyer Hoechlin. His most notable roles are that of Superman on the CW series Supergirl, Martin Brewer on 7th Heaven, and Derek Hale on Teen Wolf.
Most known for his role as Danny Pink on Doctor Who, British actor Samuel Anderson takes on the part of William, the shape-shifting artificially intelligent being on the crew’s ship.
Actress Jessica Camacho joins the cast as Michelle Vargas, the ship’s communications expert. You may recognize her from her recurring roles on shows like Sleepy Hollow, The Flash, and Taken.
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Elizabeth Faith Ludlow takes on the role of ship navigator Cas Isakovic. The actress has been featured in The Walking Dead, as well as Godzilla: King of the Monsters and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Jake Abel plays Sasha Harrison, the government liaison to the crew’s space mission. He’s most known for his roles as Luke Castellan in the Percy Jackson film series, as well as his portrayal of Adam on Supernatural.
Russian-Canadain actor Alex Ozerov joins the cast as ship engineer, Oliver Sokolov. You may recognize him from his previous roles on shows like Orphan Black, The Americans, and the Netflix special Frankenstein's Monster's Monster, Frankenstein.
Now that you know who's in the cast of Another Life, you can sit back and enjoy the show without constantly wondering where you've seen them before.
Another Life is currently streaming on Netflix.