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Two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou cast in season two of 'Wayward Pines' on FOX

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Wed, Feb 17th 2016 02:45 pm

Next chapter of hit event series to premiere this summer on FOX

Two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou ("Blood Diamond," "In America") has been cast as a series regular on "Wayward Pines," the hit psychological thriller event series returning for a second season this summer on FOX. Hounsou will portray CJ Mitchum, an original resident of Wayward Pines and a historian for the town with extensive knowledge of its complex origins, and the one person who can provide a unique bridge between the current world of Wayward Pines and the previous world that humans inhabited.

Hounsou joins Jason Patric, who was previously announced in a starring role on season two of "Wayward Pines."

From executive producer M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense," "The Visit") and based on the world created by author Blake Crouch in his international best-selling series of books, the 10-episode second season will pick up after the shocking events of season one, with the residents of Wayward Pines battling against the iron-fisted rule of the First Generation. As events unfold in Wayward Pines, the thoughtful and philosophical Mitchum - a former teacher - makes a decision that will affect the fate of Wayward Pines and every resident living there.

Hounsou has been nominated for an Oscar for his roles in director Ed Zwick's "Blood Diamond" and director Jim Sheridan's "In America." He also is well known for his breakthrough performance as "Cinque," the African who leads an uprising to regain his freedom in Steven Spielberg's "Amistad." Hounsou earned a Golden Globe Award nomination and a NAACP Image Award for the part. He later shared a SAG Award nomination as a member of the cast of Ridley Scott's Academy Award-winning Best Picture "Gladiator." Recent film credits include "Fast & Furious 7," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2." Hounsou next co-stars as Chief Mbenga in the upcoming feature film "Tarzan," set for release this summer, and director Guy Ritchie's "Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur."

Season one of "Wayward Pines" ranked as summer 2015's No. 1 broadcast scripted series among adults 18-49, averaging a 2.2/8 in the key demo. The series - about a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in a sleepy Northwest town, and the shocking results of his investigation - ranked among Summer 2015's Top 10 broadcast programs overall among adults 18-49. The series earned a multi-platform average audience of 9.4 million, which represents a 145 percent increase versus its live+same day audience - the largest multiplatform lift versus live+same day ever for a FOX drama.

Fans can "Like" "Wayward Pines" on Facebook at facebook.com/WaywardPines. Follow the series on Twitter at @WaywardPinesFOX and join the discussion using #WaywardPines. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @Wayward Pines.

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