EMMY(R)-AWARD WINNER JAMES CROMWELL CAST IN STARZ ORIGINAL SPY-FI THRILLER SERIES "COUNTERPART"
"American Horror Story" Actor Cast in Multi-Episode Arc
Santa Monica, Calif. - May 23, 2018 - Starz, a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), announced today that Emmy(R)-winner and Oscar(R)-nominated actor James Cromwell ("American Horror Story," Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, "The Young Pope") has been cast in a recurring guest role as "Yanek" for season two of the STARZ Original series "Counterpart."
Appearing in a multi-episode arc, Cromwell's character Yanek is the enigmatic warden of Echo, an underground facility where Howard (J.K. Simmons) finds himself fighting for his life.
Season two of the critically-acclaimed STARZ Original series "Counterpart" began production in Berlin in February. The 10-episode second season of the one-hour scripted drama is from creator Justin Marks, Gilbert Films, and Anonymous Content, with MRC serving as the studio for the series. Season two of the espionage spy-fi thriller is currently in production in Los Angeles and will complete production in Berlin later this year.
Born in Los Angeles but raised in New York and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie-Mellon University, James Cromwell made his television debut in 1974 on "The Rockford Files" and went on to land a recurring role as Archie Bunker's friend Stretch Cunningham on "All in the Family." He was nominated for an Oscar(R) for his performance as Farmer Arthur Hoggett in Babe and won an Emmy(R) award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role as Arthur Arden in "American Horror Story." Cromwell has been nominated for multiple Screen Actors Guild and Emmy awards.
Cromwell joins Academy Award(R)-winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, The Accountant, Juno) who plays "Howard Silk," Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Hyde Park on Hudson, "Manhattan") as "Emily Burton Silk," Harry Lloyd (The Theory of Everything, Jane Eyre, "Manhattan") as "Peter Quayle," Nicholas Pinnock (Captain America: The First Avenger, "Marcella") as "Ian Shaw," Nazanin Boniadi ("Homeland," Ben-Hur, Hotel Mumbai) as "Clare," and Sara Serraiocco (Salvo, Cloro, Worldly Girl) as "Baldwin."
"Counterpart" is about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence. Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) is a lowly cog in the bureaucratic machinery of a Berlin-based United Nations spy agency. When Howard discovers that his organization safeguards the secret of a crossing into a parallel dimension, he is thrust into a shadow world of intrigue, danger and double-cross... where the only man he can trust is his near-identical counterpart from this parallel world. The show explores themes of identity, fate and lost love, posing the eternal question, "what if our lives could have been different?"
Created, written and executive produced by Justin Marks (The Jungle Book), "Counterpart" season two is also executive produced by Gary Gilbert (La La Land), Jordan Horowitz (La La Land), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), and Keith Redmon (The Revenant), and Bard Dorros (Spotlight) with Anonymous Content. MRC serves as the studio for the series.
For more information on "Counterpart" and access to press materials and show assets, please visit the new STARZ Media Room, compatible with iPad devices: https://mediaroom.starz.com/
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Starz (www.starz.com) a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ(R) brand and STARZ ENCORE channels and provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.
MRC is a leading film and television studio, specializing in the creation of content in partnership with the industry's foremost creative talent. The company develops, produces and finances film and TV for leading distributors including Sony, Warner Bros., Universal and Fox, as well as premier networks including HBO, ABC, Netflix, Apple, Amazon, AMC, Lifetime and Comedy Central. MRC is the studio behind the Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) winning series House of Cards, garnering 53 Emmy nominations thus far. The series is distributed by Netflix and various international distributors. Additional MRC series and films include the hit series, Ozark for Netflix and Counterpart for Starz and the Academy Award(R) nominated film, "Baby Driver." The studio also developed, produced and financed Ted, distributed by Universal Pictures, the highest grossing original comedy of all time worldwide. For more information, please visit www.mrcstudios.com.
About Gilbert Films
Gilbert Films is the Los Angeles-based production company founded by Academy Award(R)-nominated, Golden Globe-winning producer Gary Gilbert. Through both independent and studio films and elevated television series, Gilbert Films' projects have been nominated for 18 Academy Awards, 11 Golden Globes, 15 BAFTAs and 7 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Gilbert most recently produced the acclaimed award-winning film LA LA LAND, written and directed by Damien Chazelle, and starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. He also produced the Academy Award-nominated film THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT, written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko, and starring Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. Gilbert and Gilbert Films' first feature, writer/director Zach Braff's GARDEN STATE, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was honored with the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature. Other recent credits include SAVE THE DATE, YOU ARE HERE, THE KEEPING ROOM, MARGARET, FROM PRADA TO NADA, HENRY POOLE IS HERE and MEET MONICA VELOUR. Gilbert Films' first television series COUNTERPART premiered on STARZ in January 2018. The sci-fi thriller stars Academy Award-winner J.K. Simmons (WHIPLASH), and is directed by Academy Award-nominee Morten Tyldum (THE IMITATION GAME).