These FlashForward stars hold the keys to the mystery

Dominic Monaghan made a splash at Comic-Con in San Diego over the summer when it was revealed he would be joining the cast of ABC's upcoming FlashForward but couldn't say a lot about what he'd be doing. He offered up a wee bit more this week when we visited him on the show's set in Burbank, Calif.

"Yeah, I can't tell you a huge amount," Monaghan (Lost) said. "I play a guy called Simon who is linked through story lines with Jack's [Davenport] character, Lloyd. He's a very smart, intelligent scientist, and we begin the relationship with him under the impression that he knows more than he is giving away."

The trailer suggests Simon may know the reason everyone in the world has blacked out for 2 minutes 17 seconds, during which time they each have a glimpse of their future six months from now.

"He's almost a kind of reveal, in a way," Monaghan says. "Obviously, Joe [Fiennes] and Sonya [Walger] and John [Cho] and Jack kind of are telling the story in the initial episodes, and my character, Simon, is kind of in the wings a little bit, kind of waiting, kind of a reveal. He'll gradually be trickled in as the show picks up some steam."

For his part, Davenport said that his character, physicist Lloyd Simcoe, is the only one taken from Robert J. Sawyer's novel, on which the show is loosely based. "That's right, he is the only character from the book," Davenport said. "Yes, because obviously there has to be some kind of scientific explanation for all of this, and there's a lot of science in the book, and the character is a scientist."

But is he the same guy?

"He's similar in the sense that his profession is the same, but obviously what [series co-creator] David [Goyer] has done is extrapolated from the novel in a way that the connections between the characters are much broader and much wider than they are in the novel. You follow multiple storylines in this in the way that in the novel it's pretty much a single line."

FlashForward debuts Sept. 24 and will air Thursdays at 8 p.m.

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