Calling all Quantum Leap fans! Ready for the scoop on NBC’s upcoming reboot (revival?) series?
We’ve got new details about the upcoming sci-fi series, including key plot points from the pilot episode and information about the show’s first director. Get your first peek inside Quantum Leap below.
Quantum Leap: Episode 1 Plot Details
It’s been 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it.
Leading the new Quantum Leap project is Dr. Ben Seong (Raymond Lee). Ben is a first-generation American, a world-renowned physicist, and a man of faith. One of the key scenes in the pilot episode is Ben’s engagement party. His fiance is Addison (Caitlin Bassett), a witty, fearless ex-military operative. When Ben uses the Quantum Leap project on himself, disappearing into the past, Addison takes over the technology to communicate with the past.
In addition to the engagement party, the pilot episode will also feature a major heist. A group of criminals attempt to break into the Smithsonian to nab the ultimate prize: the Hope Diamond. It’s not a crime totally motivated by greed though; one of the thieves just wants to make enough money to afford life-saving surgery for his wife.
While NBC has already found its series leads, casting is currently underway for supporting roles for the pilot episode. These include several guests at the engagement party, at least one of the criminals involved in the heist, and the ill wife, among others.
Quantum Leap Pilot Director
THS can also exclusively reveal that NBC has tapped Thor Freudenthal to direct the pilot episode of Quantum Leap.
Fruedenthal’s previous work includes quite a few sci-fi shows. He most recently directed multiple episodes of the NBC series La Brea. He also hopped all over the CW’s Arrowverse, directing episodes of Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, and The Flash, as well as The Expanse on Prime Video.
In addition to his TV work, Fruedenthal also directed a few feature films, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters.
About The Series
30 years after Dr. Sam Beckett traveled through time, the Quantum Leap project has been restarted. NBC’s reboot of the beloved sci-fi series hopes to embrace the original series’ signature blend of humor, heart, and history, taking us on a thrilling journey across space and time, exploring the timeless notion of what it’s like to walk in another person’s shoes, and the enduring value of changing lives for the better.
The core cast includes Raymond Lee as physicist Dr. Ben Seong; Caitlin Bassett as Addison, communications lead; Nanrisa Lee as Jenn, head of security; Mason Alexander Park as Ian, the programmer in charge of QL’s AI program; and Ernie Hudson as Herbert “Magic” Williams, a Vietnam vet and current head of QL.
Quantum Leap is currently in production in Vancouver.