The 'Minority Report' Cast
L-R: Wilmer Valderrama as Will Blake, Laura Regan as Agatha, Daniel London as Wally, Li Jun Li as Akeela, Stark Sands as Dash, Meagan Good as Det. Lara Vega and Nick Zano as Arthur.
In this future, says exec producer Max Borenstein, cops “use all of the tools of future policing… but at the same time people will always find a way to hack. People will always find a way to get around it, criminals and other people. And so the fun for us is not only conceiving of expanded reach of surveillance but how people are going to get around that and commit crimes and just live their lives regardless.”
Stark Sands As Dash
Stark Sands, who plays precog Dash, is a long-time fan of the movie, and sees the film as a jumping-off point for the series. “I saw it in the theatre when it came out, loved it, and then I watched it again when I was auditioning for the part, just so I could familiarize myself with the world that we were going to be diving into,” he says. “And I think it’s actually really essential to have that as a reference point. I don’t think we have to adhere to it completely, strictly, or tie ourselves to it, but I think it’s really good to have it.”
Return Of The Precogs
In the film, the precogs were kept immersed in fluid, in a sort of embryonic state, but now they’ve been let free to live in society. However, the visions of murder and mayhem have not abated. While the film focused on enforcers using information provided by precogs, exec producer Max Borenstein says that the idea for the series was to shift the focus to “the precognitives, who are the people who are traumatized and suffered the emotional impact of experiencing these murder visions all of their lives from the time of eight until the time of 18 and then emerge in this, kind of, what you imagine is this almost embryonic state but as adults, is just fascinating. And it also allows us to dig into the ethical issues of what responsibilities someone has if they see that future. If they see these horrible things, what’s their responsibility to get involved? So that was the exciting thing and the reason we decided to shift focus from just simply a police force that has pre-crime, to… the people who were sort of the brains behind that, but almost slaves behind that.”
A Moment In Time
“The pre-cogs are not actually seeing,” says Borenstein. “What they’re seeing is a sort of moment in time, a static sort of given a particular moment in time, they’re seeing the future as it’s going to play out. If they don’t interfere in that chain of events, that’s what’s going to happen. However, the moment they start interfering in that chain of events, things get fuzzier. And so they can it’s like if a cue ball was traveling down a pool table and the moment this pre-cog gets in its way, they might knock it out of line. Now, it might still hit that wall in a slightly different way, but if they hit it harder, maybe it’s going to hit a different wall. And so we avoid the sort of fundamental conundrum of that circularity and it becomes really a question of can you do enough to change that future? And it ultimately comes down to matter of choice, human choice, that people will do this future will occur unless you intervene. And if you intervene and you either convince someone not to or you shove them out of the way, you can impact that future and you can make a difference.
Reinventing The Crime Procedural
“I think telling the story from the pre-cog’s point of view really allowed a reinvention of a crime procedural,” says exec producer Justin Falvey, “ and is a really original element to the show and allows you as an audience to, I think, engage with this character and sympathize immediately and have an understanding of the backstory.”
“He’s a lieutenant at the precinct that is shared by Detective Vega, and Detective Vega and I had some kind of history in the past, back in the academy days, and a couple years later we found ourselves full circle, in the same precinct, assigned to a possible same case. I have now gotten the credit for the solving of the case, and I get a promotion, and I become a lieutenant... We both work very well together. At some point, we partnered up on many, many occasions before. You know, we make a great team, and now that I’m in a position to be not just a lieutenant, but her boss, it makes a really unique dynamic. He’s an ex-Marine. He’s very by the book. He’s a little sarcastic, a little confident, a little overconfident… The character has a lot of colours. He really believes in what he’s there to do. He really believes in, you know, the law. And, then, all of a sudden, you know, you see Detective Vega solving these incredible cases, you know, and I’m assuming she has some kind of informant. And that information is not shared with me at all. So it creates a little bit of a mystery between us, and, eventually, we aim to try to solve that mystery and try to come full circle, like, ‘Hey, who is going be honest to who?’, you know?”
“Vega got into becoming a cop because she wanted to be a part of the pre-crime program, and at this point in time, pre-crime is no longer happening,” says Meagan Good of her character. “And so what I really loved about the film is that it really painted the world for me in every colour where I can see what it is that she was passionate about and the potential that was there. And as you get to know her character, you’ll see that her father was a cop as well, which my father happens to be in real life. He’s retired now, but and he passed away in the line of duty — not my father, but Vega’s father. You can really see what really drives her character, and so that’s what I really love when I watch the film. And I’ve watched it a few times now, because the Tom Cruise character was very much driven by losing his son and losing his wife. Because he had lost his son and all of the damage that it caused to him, I just like being able to have an incredible reference for what she was passionate about and what the potential was for what she could change if she had the opportunity to do her job and the passion that she has now because Dash is in the picture, and that potential may be able to be realized.”
From Broadway To 'Minority Report'
Prior to ‘Minority Report’, Stark Sands has built up an impressive list of credits on Broadway, and he says the stamina required in performing in a musical onstage has been immensely helpful for this new role. “It’s a really action-packed show, and I will say that doing musicals specifically and doing eight shows a week where you are singing and dancing and, in some cases, flying on wires, it gives you a stamina and core strength that really has benefited me in the last three weeks of my life.”
The Legacy Of Tom Cruise
“[Tom Cruise] established this universe that was just so exciting and so fun,” says Valderrama of the star of the original. “And as a little boy, you are, like, ‘Man, what would it be like to be alive in the future?’ And I think that watching that movie just made you even more excited to be a character and to be, you know, really an official sequel to that film. That, to me, was even more exciting. And like I said, the tone really helped in understanding the universe and working at that precinct, you know, and hearing about the legendary pre-cogs. Right? A program that may have been the right thing, you know. That, to me, is even more fun. That’s how it was for me, you know. It’s also really exciting that I play such a fun, cool character, and he happens to be Latino, which is fun.”