Yoba, Mennell star in ‘Alphas’

Syfy series set to begin production in August

Malik Yoba and Laura Mennell have been cast in the new Syfy pilot “Alphas.”

Produced by Universal Cable Prods., written by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow and directed by “Lost” helmer Jack Bender, “Alphas” examines a team of citizens who have extraordinary mental and physical abilities. They investigate difficult-to-solve cases that the CIA and FBI have either passed over or were unable to solve.

Production on the 90-minute pilot, which already has David Strathairn attached, is set to begin next month in Toronto.

Yoba, who starred in police drama “New York Undercover,” and Canadian actress Mennell, who appeared in “Watchmen,” will play members of the Alpha team.

Gail Berman, Lloyd Braun and Gene Stein are exec producers.