Starring Jason Patric (“Rush,” “Narc”), two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou (“Blood Diamond,” “In America”) and Emmy Award and Golden Globe nominee Hope Davis (“American Crime,” “The Newsroom”), 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. Dr. THEO YEDLIN (Patric) – a new resident of Wayward Pines – awakens from suspended animation and finds himself in the middle of this rebellion, as he tries to understand what Wayward Pines really is and help preserve the endangered human race.
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. Davis returns as MEGAN FISHER, who is in charge of the scientific research being conducted on the Abbies, and remains deeply involved in the development of the hearts and minds of the future of humanity—Wayward Pines’ “First Generation.”
Two-time Academy Award-nominated actor DJIMON HOUNSOU (Ed Zwick’s “Blood Diamond,” Jim Sheridan’s “In America”) next co-stars as Chief Mbenga in Warner Bros’ “Tarzan,” (d: David Yates) currently set for release on July 1 and Guy Ritchie’s “Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur” (Warner Bros, March 24, 2017).
Hounsou’s forthcoming credits also include “Same Kind of Different as Me,” with Greg Kenner, Jon Voight and Renee Zellweger for Paramount Pictures and director Michael Carney. He most recently finished work on the documentary “In Search of Voodoo: Roots to Heaven.”
Born in Benin, West Africa, Hounsou moved to Paris at the age of 13 to pursue a Western education. As an adult, he was discovered by fashion designer Thierry Mugler and subsequently modeled for and appeared in several iconic music videos for legendary photographer Herb Ritts and director David Fincher. Small film roles followed before Hounsou’s breakthrough performance as Cinque, the African who leads an uprising to regain his freedom in Steven Spielberg’s “Amistad” (1997). Hounsou earned a Golden Globe® 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.”
In 2006, Hounsou received an NAACP Image Award, a National Board of Review citation and a Screen Actors Guild Award® nomination for his role as a forced laborer who discovers a rare gem in “Blood Diamond,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. For his performance as an artist afflicted with AIDS in “In America,” Hounsou garnered an Independent Spirit Award, was named 2004’s ShoWest Supporting Actor of the Year and shared an ensemble SAG Award® nomination.
He most recently appeared in the blockbusters “Fast & Furious 7,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” In 2010, Hounsou starred opposite Helen Mirren, Russell Brand, Alfred Molina and Chris Cooper in Julie Taymor’s screen adaptation of “The Tempest.” His film credits also include “Air,” “The Vatican Tapes,” Michael Bay’s “The Island,” with Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson, “Eragon,” “Constantine,” with Keanu Reeves, Jan de Bont’s “Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” with Angelina Jolie and Shekhar Kapur’s “The Four Feathers,” with Heath Ledger and Kate Hudson.
For television, Hounsou voiced The Black Panther in the BET animated series based on the Marvel Comic of the same name. He also starred as a refugee who was seeking asylum in a memorable six-episode arc on “ER” and played a recurring role in the series “Alias,” starring Jennifer Garner.
As a celebrity ambassador for Oxfam, he advocates for the poor, aid to Africa, farmers affected by unfair international trade rules and other social justice issues. In 2009, he opened the UN General Assembly in New York with a compelling speech about the impact of climate change on developing nations. Hounsou also appeared before the US Senate on behalf of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and participated in a hearing and summit for the International Arms Ban Treaty.
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