Council Bluffs native Bryan McClure has been cast in a lead role in “Space Command,” a new independent sci-fi project.
The story is expected to start filming early next year, McClure said during a recent visit to his hometown.
“Space Command” was created by Marc Scott Zicree, a book, movie and television writer whose credits include more than 100 hours of writing and producing credits. Among them: “Babylon 5,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Sliders” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
Zicree's “Space Command” concept grew from one script to six two-hour scripts, which McClure said could be screened in a variety of lengths and formats. A distribution deal has not yet been reached.
McClure said Zicree wrote “Space Command” because he thought much of science fiction being made right now has a dark vision of the future. Zicree wanted a story with a hopeful vision.
The story follows three families over five generations and 150 years. McClure said his character, Cadet Bradbury, is in at least two of the two-hour segments.
He got wind of the role online. Among more than 7,000 inquiries and 1,200 video auditions, McClure was one of 200 semifinalists for the roles of Cadet Bradbury and Commander Kemmer. Auditions further narrowed the field. He learned he had been cast in July.
“It looks like fun, the adventure of going into space,” McClure said of the part. “I love both comedy and drama, and Cadet Bradbury provides some comedic relief. I also love fantasy, and I knew about Zicree's work.”
McClure, son of Laurel and Dan McClure, was born in Council Bluffs and graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 2002. His mom is an administrative assistant in Creighton University's philosophy and psychology departments. His father is retired. A sister, Jenna, and her husband, Jimmy Katskee, live in Omaha.
Bryan graduated from Creighton University with a graphic design degree in 2006. He worked as a web designer for the Archdiocese of Omaha.
He got the acting bug in late 2007 as an extra on the Omaha set of “Lovely, Still,” Nik Fackler's movie starring Ellen Burstyn and Martin Landau. He had a principal role in Andrew Robinson's “April Showers,” a movie about a school shooting that was filmed in Plattsmouth, Neb., in spring 2008.
McClure moved to Los Angeles in 2009. He got a guest role in “Hawaii Five-O” in late 2011 and last year filmed “The Starving Games,” a movie spoof of “The Hunger Games,” in New Orleans.
“It's been a challenge out there,” McClure said. “I can see a future. The work starts to build on itself, the cumulative effect. I just keep scrambling for roles.”