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NCIS: Sydney sets its opening cast

by Sean P. Aune | June 15, 2023June 15, 2023 8:30 am EDT

The NCIS franchise is heading down under for its first international expansion, NCIS: Sydney.


The NCIS franchise is expanding, and it’s heading to Australia. The new series is a co-production between Paramount Plus and Australia’s Channel 10.

NCIS: Sydney is already filming and will focus on U.S. NCIS Agents working with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) as a multi-national taskforce investigating naval crimes.

The cast was announced this week and will feature Olivia Swann (Legends of Tomorrow) playing NCIS Special Michelle Mackey alongside Todd Lasance (Spartacus: War of the Damned) as Sergeant Jim “JD” Dempsey. They will be joined by Sean Sagar (The Covenant) as NCIS Special Agent, DeShawn Jackson, Tuuli Narkle (Mystery Road: Origin) as AFP Liaison Officer, Constable Evie Cooper, Mavournee Hazel (Halifax: Retribution) as AFP Forensic Scientist, Bluebird ‘Blue’ Gleeson, and William McInnes (The Newsreader) as AFP Forensic Pathologist, Dr Roy Penrose.

“NCIS: Sydney is exciting for all of us at Paramount and we hope one of the most eagerly anticipated commissions of the year,” said Paramount Australia and New Zealand Head of Drama Rick Maier.

Studios are currently looking into multiple brand expansions that take well-established premises and puts them into international settings. Earlier in June, it was announced that Law & Order Toronto: Criminal Intent is in development.

No word as of yet as to when NCIS: Sydney will debut.


Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing