Film Star Peter Sarsgaard Joins Cast of ‘The Killing’

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Now here is a big “get” for the cable network AMC and the rescued drama series The Killing. Film star Peter Sarsgaard – who has appeared in the films ‘An Education’, ‘Green Lantern’ and ‘Knight and Day’ (among countless others) – has joined the cast for the show’s upcoming third season, making this his first regular role on TV.

The folks over at Entertainment Weekly reported here that Sarsgaard will play Tom Seward, “a death row inmate for whom the clock is ticking down. A life-long convict born into poverty and crime, Seward’s been in and out of the system for violent crimes since he was 10. Not ever wanting to appear weak, every interaction is a challenge, and one he must dominate”.

As most TV followers know, ‘The Killing’ has had an interesting path in the TV lexicon, airing on AMC to acclaim during its first season until that gasp-worthy and unrevealing season finale aired, returning to disappointing ratings for its second season only to be canceled. But the show’s producers were persistent: they offered the show to Netflix as well as other outlets with the former showing serious interest. Then, at some point, AMC came back into the mix with the show (somewhat surprisingly) returning to its home network.

The addition of Sarsgaard to the cast of ‘The Killing’ isn’t the only change expected for season three. Actors Max Fowler (‘Doctors’) and Elias Koteas (‘Combat Hospital’) are new to the show, joining returning leads Mireille Enos and Joel Kinnaman in a story that takes place “a year after closing the Rosie Larsen case where Sarah Linden (Enos) is no longer a detective. But when her ex-partner Stephen Holder’s (Kinnaman) search for a runaway girl leads him to discover a gruesome string of murders that connects to a previous murder investigation by Linden, she is drawn back into the life she thought she’d left behind”.

The cable network has yet to announce an official season premiere date for ‘The Killing’, but viewers can anticipate it sometime later this year.