SDCC 2022: In The Press Room, ‘Salvage Marines’ Cast (Van Dien, Shinkoda, Wegner, and more), Writers, and Director


Casper Van Dien is probably best known for his role as Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers. Van Dien is back playing another space marine in Salvage Marines, a series available to stream free on Popcornflix. The series is based on a series of books by Sean-Michaell Argo, portrays a future where people are born into debt and have to work it off. Van Dien’s character joins the Salvage Marines, where a high mortality rate goes along with the high pay, when he finds out his wife is pregnant.

I had the opportunity to interview the cast of Salvage Marines as part of a roundtable discussion, including Van Dien, Peter Shinkoda (Dai on Falling Skies, Nobu on Daredevil tv series), and Jennifer Wenger at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. In addition to some behind the scenes insight into the making of Salvage Marines, the cast dished on Starship Troopers, dressing up at Comic-Con, and playing a small but important role in comic book history.

Thanks to Casper, Peter, and Jennifer for their time and to Ali Smith for arranging the interview!


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