As production kicks off on the second season of “Orphan Black,” the critically lauded conspiracy clone thriller, BBC America has announced three new additions to the cast.
Michiel Huisman will play Cal Morrison, a rugged, resourceful outdoorsman with surprising emotional depth and a sixth sense about people and situations. Cal will need all his wits and humanity as he crosses paths with the clones. His journey will be fraught with surprise, danger and revelations he could never see coming.
Peter Outerbridge has landed the role of Henrik “Hank” Johanssen, a mercurial modern-day cowboy. Johanssen leads a flock of followers that has broken away from the old-world Prolethean brotherhood. Under his messianic vision, the age-old divide between science and religion has merged, forming a new and formidable threat.
Finally, Ari Millen has been cast as Mark, a cunning predator with a dark edge. Mark is utterly devoted to Johanssen, who took him in and built him into a true believer in the cause. Now, guided by twisted morality and desperate faith, he’s a relentless and dogged pursuer of the clones.
Huisman is most well known for his roles on “Nashville” and “Treme,” and has also appeared in “Game of Thrones” and “World War Z.” Outerbridge has had major parts in “Nikita,” “ReGenesis” and “Bomb Girls,” but has had smaller parts in many productions like “Mission to Mars,” “24,” “Fringe,” “Sanctuary” and “The Outer Limits.” Millen is also known for appearing on “Nikita,” along with “Rookie Blue.”
“Orphan Black” features the much-acclaimed Tatiana Maslany (“Parks and Recreation”) playing several physically identical clones, and deals with complex issues like identity and the ethics of cloning. Season 2 will hit the ground running, with Sarah (Maslany) in a desperate race to find her missing daughter Kira, played by Skyler Wexler. Her scorched-earth tactics spark a war with pro-clone Rachel (also Maslany), dividing and imperiling all the clones. As Sarah discovers more about her past, mysterious newcomers appear, but can they be trusted?
Produced by Temple Street Productions in association with BBC America and Bell Media’s Space, “Orphan Black” is executively produced by Ivan Schneeberg, David Fortier, Graeme Manson and John Fawcett.
Season 2, which will consist of 10 episodes, is currently shooting in Toronto and will premiere in April 2014.