Sky Atlantic is adding to the cast of western drama Tin Star.
Canadian actor Christopher Heyerdahl has boarded the ten-part drama series in a supporting role opposite Tim Roth (The Hateful Eight) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), TVWise has learned.
Tin Star tells the story of Jim Worth (Roth), an ex-Metropolitan police detective who has moved with his family to the Rocky Mountains to start a new life as a local police chief in an idyllic rural community. When his small town is overrun by migrant workers from a massive new oil refinery, the wave of drugs, prostitution and organised crime that follows them threatens to sweep away everything in its wake.
When Jim makes a stand, his act appears to prompt mysterious assassins to unleash sudden and violent retribution on Jim and his family; the resulting tragedy irrevocably shattering the peace they had found in this once perfect mountain idyll and transforming their remote sanctuary into a hellish and inescapable prison.
Heyerdahl will play Louis Gagnon, who forms an uneasy alliance with the oil company’s corporate liaison Mrs Bradshaw (Hendricks), and together they are suspected of having hired the assassins to thwart Jim’s discovery of a shocking cover-up. This marks Heyerdahl’s second consecutive TV western, after he recently wrapped his five season run as The Swede on AMC’s Hell On Wheels. His other notable TV credits include Stargate: Atlantis, Sanctuary and the upcoming Syfy original series Van Helsing.
Also joining the cast is Genevieve O’Reilly (Star Wars, The Honourable Woman), Abigail Lawrie (The Casual Vacancy) , Oliver Coopersmith (Dickensian), Stephen Walters (Outlander), Ian Puleston-Davies (Marcella), Roark Critchlow (Pretty Little Liars) Sarah Podemski (Cashing In) and Kevin Hanchard (Orphan Black). Endemol Shine’s Kudos are producing the series, which recently started filming for a 2017 premiere.