Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco have been cast as series regulars in Counterpart, Starz’s upcoming spy thriller. Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd star in the series, described as an espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist.
Counterpart is the story of Howard Silk (Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his counterpart on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, what-ifs and lost love. Starz ordered two 10-episode seasons in 2015.
Nyqvist will play Chekhov, the hardened Director of Operations at Howard’s agency and a strange mix of philosopher and spy. Boniadi will play Clare, an enigmatic young woman of curious origin, who becomes a major linchpin as the season develops. Pinnock will play Ian Shaw, an aggressive operative and watchdog whose job is to ensure an uneasy peace between both dimensions. Serraiocco will play Baldwin, a mysterious assassin whose life takes on a new purpose when she is exposed to the other side.
Swedish actor Nyqvist’s flm credits include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, John Wick, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Disconnect. Next seen in the feature Frank & Lola, he is repped by Authentic Talent & Literary Management, ICM Partners and Sweden’s Agentfirman.
Boniadi co-starred on Homeland for two seasons as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi. Other recent credits include Ben-Hur, Scandal and How I Met Your Mother. Repped by ICM Partners, Jordan Lee Talent and Stone Genow, she is shooting Hotel Mumbai with Dev Patel and Armie Hammer.
Pinnock appeared in History’s miniseries Barbarians Rising and recently starred in ITV 1’s crime drama Marcella. Other film and television credits include Captain America: The First Avenger and A.D. The Bible Continues. He is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment.
Serraiocco starred in the Italian features Salvo and La Ragazza del Mondo (Worldly Girl), directed by Marco Danieli. She is repped by UK-based Olivia Bell Management and Italian agency Officine Artistiche.
Created and written by Justin Marks, Counterpart is from MRC, Anonymous Content and Gilbert Films. Executive producers are Morten Tyldum — who will direct the first episode — Marks, Amy Berg, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Keith Redmon and Bard Dorros. Simmons also serves as a producer.