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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”, the network announced today.

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.

“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.

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