AMC’s ‘Halt & Catch Fire’ Adds James Cromwell

EXCLUSIVE: There’s about to be a new major player on the 1980s set series about the early days of the computer industry. Having played Presidents, fictional and real, a Nazi war criminal, royalty and a pig farmer, James Cromwell is now joining Season 2 of Halt And Catch Fire I’ve learned.

In a major recurring role, the Oscar nominee and Emmy winner will play Jacob Wheeler on the Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers created AMC series. A self made Texas millionaire and energy company CEO, Cromwell’s Wheeler is looking to expand his corporate reach. That expansion brings him both close alliance and in conflict with the ever ambitious Joe MacMillan, played by Lee Pace.

No stranger to TV, Cromwell was on Six Feet Under for several seasons and won an Emmy in 2013 for his Dr. Arthur Arden role on FX’s American Horror Story: Asylum. More recently the Babe actor has appeared on Betrayal and TNT’s Murder In The First.

Also being added to the H&CF cast for S2 is another AHS alum. Though I don’t have any details about his role, James Dumont will be appearing prominently in the series, which is currently in production on its second cycle and set to start airing later this year. Also in the upcoming Jurassic World, Dumont was Dr. Morrison on AHS:Coven for several episodes.

Dumont is repped by Open Range Management, Professional Artists and Alta Entertainment Cromwell is repped by Paradigm in the U.S. and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin in the UK.

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