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Three Guest Actors Join J.K. Simmons in Starz Spy Thriller ‘Counterpart’

Variety logo Variety 1/19/2017 Seth Kelley
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Starz announced on Thursday that three actors have been added to the cast of “Counterpart” in recurring guest roles.

Stephen Rea, Richard Schiff and Sarah Bolger will join J.K. Simmons in the espionage, sci-fi thriller about a man named Howard Silk (Simmons) who discovers that the agency he works for is hiding a secret — a crossing to a parallel dimension.

Schiff will play Director of Diplomacy Roland Fancher, a litigator and power negotiator between both dimensions. Fancher is responsible for negotiating the exchange of prisoners between worlds.

Rea will play Alexander Pope, an old-world Englishman. He pulls strings from behind the scenes and knows where all the bodies are buried — sometimes literally. Bolger plays Anna, a mysterious young woman whose appearance threatens Silk.

“Counterpart” is created and written by Justin Marks. Executive producers are Morten Tyldum and Marks with Amy Berg, Gary Gilbert with Gilbert Films, Jordan Horowitz, Keith Redmon and Bard Dorros with Anonymous Content. Simmons also serves as a producer. Tyldum directed the first episode.

Schiff is repped by Paradigm Talent Agency and Leverage Management; Rea is repped by ICM Partners and Manager Sue Leibman-Barking Dog Entertainment; Bolger is repped by CAA, Troika and Mosaic.

“Counterpart” has been picked up by Starz for two seasons — 10 episodes each.

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