Frank Langella is not done with Philip and Elizabeth. After recurring on the third season of FX’s 1980s set Cold War spy drama The Americans, the veteran actor has signed on to reprise his role on the show’s recently ordered fourth season.
The Americans, which revolves around two KGB sleeper agents in 1980s America, is produced by FX Production and Fox 21 Television Studios. The executive producers are Joe Wiesberg, Joel Fields, Graham Yost, Daniel Sackheim, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The fourth season is slated to air in 2016.
Langella, repped by Paradigm, plays Gabriel, Philip and Elizabeth’s mysterious KGB handler. Gabriel and Elizabeth share a nurturing relationship, while he and Philip continue to butt heads. It is understood that Langella will again be appearing as a guest star, rather than as a regular.
“Frank brings such instant depth and complexity to the part”, said Executive Producer Joel Fields. “You know that Gabriel loves Philip and Elizabeth. But you can also feel, on a visceral level, what he’s been through as a Soviet. And if he needs them to do what they don’t want to do, he’s going to use everything in his power to make sure they do it.”
“What we were looking for when we first conceived of the part was an actor who could really seem paternal, in all that that word means: loving, nurturing, but also intimidating and demanding when it was required”, commented series Creator and Executive Producer Joe Weisberg,
“Frank just gives you the sense of history: the history of a man who’s been through a lot, but also that particularly sad, deep, yearning history of Russia that frankly, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky make one feel. It’s just awesome to be able to write for him”, Weisberg added.