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‘Forward thinking’: Actor glad to be part of series based on books by UNM alumnus

Cas Anvar fondly remembers attending the premiere of Syfy’s “The Expanse” at the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe a few years ago.

“The event was to help promote the show,” he says. “The show has always been one of the forward-thinking shows. It’s great to be a part of.”

For three seasons, Anvar has portrayed Alex Kamal, the top pilot in the series. The series airs on Wednesdays on Syfy and was recently canceled by the nextwork.

On May 21, 10 days after the news, Amazon Studios picked up the series for a fourth season.

“The Expanse” unfolds across a colonized galaxy 200 years in the future, when two strangers become unwittingly swept up in a vast conspiracy.

It is based on the New York Times best-selling book series collectively known as “The Expanse,” written by Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck under the pen name James S. A. Corey.

Abraham is an alumnus of the University of New Mexico.

Parallels to our current environmental situation can be drawn within the series.

In fact, the key to the critically acclaimed series’ success is not only its continually growing, loyal audience, but the futuristic show’s scientific accuracy and attention to detail.

With Earth, Mars and The Belt at war and each competing entity vying for control, their mission to unlock the secret of the protomolecule is reaching an all-time high with every decision carefully calculated for the survival of the solar system.

Anvar is right in the middle of it.

As Kamal, Anvar says, during the beginning of the series, he was introverted and a glorified bus driver.

“Alex was never encouraged to be what he could be,” he says. “He was forced to realize and rise to his potential, which is the best pilot in the galaxy.”

Anvar says Kamal realizes his purpose.

“This new family he discovered is the core of his identity,” he says. “He will do anything to keep it together. Through all the trials, he’s becoming the man he’s supposed to be.”

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