The new season of Quantum Leap, set in the year 2022, has begun airing, and below is an introduction to all of the series’ brand-new characters and stars. The events of the sequel series, which begins airing on NBC and Peacock, take place thirty years after the events of the notoriously unresolved finale of the original Quantum Leap series. This means that the characters of Sam Beckett (played by Scott Bakula) and Al Calavicci (played by Dean Stockwell) will not be recast in the new Quantum Leap; instead, the show will feature an entirely new cast of characters who will return to Doctor Beckett’s experiments.
The 2022 Quantum Leap follows a structure that is extremely similar to the one used in the original series. The main character, a physicist named Dr. Sam Beckett, time traveled on the show by teleporting into the bodies of various historical figures at the beginning of each episode.
This is more or less the same structure that was used for the 2022 revival, albeit with some modifications to cater to a contemporary television audience. The new season begins with an all-new group of researchers reactivating the Quantum Leap accelerator in an effort to solve the riddle of what happened to Sam Beckett all those years ago, but the outcomes of their efforts are entirely foreseeable.
The first season of Quantum Leap primarily centered on Sam and his journeys through time, during which he was assisted on a consistent basis by a hologram of his close friend Al. The 2022 revival places a much greater emphasis on the characters who are located on the other side of the Quantum Leap accelerator. These characters are seen attempting to assist Ben Song, the new quantum leaper, in his journeys through time. This indicates that the cast of characters in the Quantum Leap franchises’ 2022 revival will be larger and more diverse than in previous installments. With that in mind, the following information pertains to each of the characters and the actors who play them.
Cast & Character
- Dr. Ben Song is portrayed here by Raymond Lee.
- Addison is played by Caitlin Bassett. Augustin
- Herbert “Magic” Williams, portrayed by Ernie Hudson
- Mason Alexander Park portrayed Ian Wright in this video.
- Nanrisa Lee playing the role of Jenn Chou
Dr. Ben Song is portrayed here by Raymond Lee
Dr. Ben Song follows in the quantum footsteps of Dr. Sam Beckett, who enters the Quantum Leap accelerator 30 years after Sam. The song will play Beckett in the 2022 revival, a gifted physicist who can transform into various people from different eras. The NBC trailer shows him transforming into an astronaut, a female rock star, a soldier, a boxer, and a 1980s getaway driver. Raymond Lee, who played Lt. Logan “Yale” Lee in Top Gun: Maverick, plays the sci-fi TV show character Dr. Song. He also appeared as Sam in Annie Murphy’s subversive sitcom Kevin Can F**k Himself, and as Duc Bayer-Boatwright in Six Feet Under. On HBO, as part of Alan Ball’s short-lived comedy-drama Here and Now.
AddisonAugustin is played by Caitlin Bassett.
Caitlin Bassett as Addison replaces Dean Stockwell as Al in the Quantum Leap sequel. Addison, like Al, appears to Ben as a hologram, guiding him through the steps necessary to take his next leap. In contrast to Al and Sam’s fraternal friendship, Ben and Addison’s bond is much more romantic. Caitlin Bassett’s portrayal of Addison is her first major screen role, having previously worked as an archive intern on Showtime’s documentary about the LAPD’s problematic relationship with race, Burn, Motherfucker, Burn!
Herbert “Magic” Williams, portrayed by Ernie Hudson
While Scott Bakula will not be returning to Quantum Leap, Herbert “Magic” Williams will. In the original Quantum Leap season 3, episode 2, “The Leap Home, Part II (Vietnam),” Christopher Kirby played the character. Williams served in Vietnam alongside Sam Beckett’s brother Tom (David Newsom). As Herbert, Sam eventually saved the life of Tom Beckett and continued leaping through time, earning him the nickname “Magic” Williams. Williams is now the head of the Quantum Leap project in the sequel series, bridging the gap between scientists and American military intelligence at the Pentagon.
Ernie Hudson plays the older Herbert Williams, who is best known for his role as Winston in the original and subsequent Ghostbusters films. As a result, Hudson is no stranger to the world of beloved sci-fi TV franchises. Ernie Hudson’s other roles include Jacob, Lily Tomlin’s love interest in Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, and the patriarch of the Duncan family in the crime series The Family Business.
Mason Alexander Park portrayed Ian Wright
Ian Wright is the lead programmer on the new Quantum Leap project, and he is tasked with rebuilding Ziggy, the artificial intelligence that aided Al and Sam in the original Quantum Leap series. Mason Alexander Park, who most recently played Desire in the Netflix adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, plays Ian Wright. Park also portrayed Gren in the recently canceled live-action remake of Cowboy Bebop on Netflix.
Nanrisa Lee playing the role of Jenn Chou
Jenn Chou, the new project’s head of digital security, completes the core team for the 2022 sci-fi TV series Quantum Leap, who is also investigating why Ben Song entered the Quantum Leap accelerator. Nanrisa Lee plays Jenn, who has appeared in a number of shows including Star Trek: Picard, where she played one of the FBI agents who arrested Picard and Guinan. Lee has also appeared on CSI: Vegas, NCIS: Los Angeles, and American Horror Story season 7, episode 1, “Election Night.” Nanrisa Lee was probably best known before Quantum Leap for her role as Tiffany Hsu in four episodes of Bosch.