The Man in the High Castle Season 3 is drawing nearer, and Amazon’s alt-history drama has added an intriguing new face to its ranks: Nazi scientist Dr. Josef Mengele.
The famous physician, who won a Nobel prize winner, will appear in the third season of the drama, which is based on Philip K Dick’s novel. Exploring what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II, it’s only natural that some of history’s more well-known figures should appear in the Reich that rules the show’s alternate America.
Taking on the task of playing Mengele will be John Hans Tester. He has been seen in everything from Royal Pains, The Americans and True Blood to Castle, The Informant and Argo.
He will have a recurring role in the new season, which raises intriguing questions about where the show’s narrative will take us next.
Laura Mennell and Eijiro Ozaki join High Castle Season 3
3rd July 2017
Laura Mennell and Eijiro Ozaki have joined the third season of The Man in the High Castle.
Amazon’s series, which is based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel, explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. Its first season became the most popular original show produced by Amazon Studios, winning over fans with a vision of a world that has only become more complex and more intriguing since. Season 3 shows no signs of changing that, with a rapidly expanding cast that has included a new male lead (Jason O’Mara) opposite our lead characters (Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans and Rufus Sewell) and William Forsythe as none other than J. Edgar Hoover.
Now, two more faces have signed up: Alphas’ Laura Mennell and Little Boy’s Eijiro Ozaki. Both will have recurring roles, reports , with Mennell to play Hedd Parsons a New York gossip columnist described as “queen of the NY Nazi Reich social scene” and Ozaki to play Admiral Inokuchi, a cool, calm, rational Japanese officer.
Mennell will also be recognisable to viewers of the rebooted Van Helsing TV series, which arrived on Netflix UK last year, while Ozaki has been in everything from Heroes Reborn and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to Extant.
Jason O’Mara joins High Castle Season 3
15th June 2017
Jason O’Mara has joined The Man in the High Castle for Season 3.
The actor, who will be familiar to US audiences from Life on Mars and Terra Nova, and to UK audiences from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., has signed on to Amazon’s now flagship original drama, which is based on Philip K. Dick’s story about an alternate America, where Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan won World War II.
O’Mara will be a series regular in the show’s latest run, as Wyatt Pearce, a new male lead opposite Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans and Rufus Sewell. “Fleeing the war in Europe, Price’s family immigrated to New York from Ireland as refugees, then fled west again ahead of the Nazi invasion,” explains a description provided to Deadline. “Like most in the Neutral Zone, he’s learned to survive as a hustler, trading in various black market goods and services. But he’s more than just a survivor – he believes in what America was and what the Neutral Zone still is – a melting pot worth saving.”
William Forsythe To Play J. Edgar Hoover in Amazon’s High Castle
21st May 2017
William Forsythe has signed on to play J. Edgar Hoover in The Man in the High Castle.
Amazon’s series, which is based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel, explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. While Germany controls much of the East Coast and Japan controls the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains have become a “neutral zone”—and ground zero for a resistance, led by a mysterious figure known only as The Man in the High Castle. While some citizens struggle against the fear, oppression and inequality, others accept their lives, as compromised and unfulfilling as they might be. But after a series of enigmatic films surface depicting a world vastly different from their own, some begin to question the very nature of their reality.
It’s a fascinatingly intricate portrayal of identity, both national and individual, and an increasingly complex political drama, which took several twists and turns in Season 2 to become more surprising and more relevant to the modern day. The casting of J. Edgar Hoover in Season 3, then, is a promising sign that Amazon’s drama shows no sign of slowing down.
Forsythe, whom Boardwalk Empire fans will recognise as Manny Horvitz, is no stranger to complex webs of corruption, deceit and power, appearing in other series such as Chicago Justice, Daredevil and Justified. He will play the controversial first Director of the FBI in Season 3, which will have a new showrunner in the form of Bosch’s Eric Overmyer, who will exec produce alongside Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Richard Heus, Isa Dick Hackett and Daniel Percival.
Forsythe joins a cast that includes Michael Gaston, Rupert Evans, Rufus Sewell, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Joel De La Fuente, Brennan Brown, and Bella Heathcote.
Michael Gaston promoted to series regular for High Castle Season 3
3rd March 2017
While the BBC airs its own alt-history Nazi drama, SS-GB, work is already underway on the third season of Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle.
The show explores what American would be like if we lost WWII, with the Reich and Imperial Japan sharing rulership of the United States. The show doubled down on its eerily convincing world-building in Season 2, developing Rufus Sewell’s Nazi officer John Smith and Luke Kleintank’s Joe, torn between the resistance and the Germans. While we spent more time on the German side of the fence, though, Season 3 looks set to grow Frank’s (Rupert Evans) side of the storyline in the Japan-occupied half of the country.
To help with that, Amazon has bumped up one of its background characters from a recurring star to a series regular for Season 3. The star in question is Michael Gaston, who plays Mark Sampson, the guy who lives above his hardware shop and who once helped Frank connect with his spiritual roots, following the death of his sister, Laura. He’s also a leader of San Francisco’s small, discreet Jewish community.
Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle was announced at the start of the year, only a few weeks after Season 2’s premiere. It will have a new showrunner in the form of Eric Overmyer, who will exec produce alongside Ridley Scott, David W. Zucker, Richard Heus, Isa Dick Hackett and Daniel Percival.
“This is brilliant, moving, thought-provoking and timely television,” we wrote in our review of Season 2. You can read that here.
Amazon renews The Man in the High Castle for Season 3
3rd January 2017
Amazon has greenlit a third season of The Man in the High Castle.
Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, the show explores what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. While Germany controls much of the East Coast and Japan controls the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains have become a “neutral zone”—and ground zero for a resistance, led by a mysterious figure known only as The Man in the High Castle. While some citizens struggle against the fear, oppression and inequality, others accept their lives, as compromised and unfulfilling as they might be. But after a series of enigmatic films surface depicting a world vastly different from their own, some begin to question the very nature of their reality.
The show was Amazon’s most-watched original drama when it premiered last year and Season 2 has once again proven a huge hit. Following the debut of the second season, the series became the most-watched Amazon original drama of the year, with Season 2 picking up an average customer rating of 4.6 stars.
“This is brilliant, moving, thought-provoking and timely television,” we wrote in our review of Season 2. The show was VODzilla.co’s number three TV show of 2016, behind only Westworld and Stranger Things.
Eric Overmyer (who adapted Bosch for Amazon’s series) will serve as showrunner and executive producer for this new season. The series was developed by Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), who stepped down as showrunner during Season 2’s production. Ridley Scott (The Martian), David W. Zucker (The Good Wife), Richard Heus (Ugly Betty), Isa Dick Hackett (The Adjustment Bureau), and Daniel Percival (Banished) will serve as executive producers for Season Three.
“As timely as ever, the exploration of characters at a dark point for humanity has provided incredible stories for two seasons,” says Joe Lewis, Head of Comedy and Drama, Amazon Studios.
“Eric and his team are doing an incredible job crafting stories about the inner lives of those who struggle to do good in a world that is not. We couldn’t be more excited to bring Season 3 to customers in 2017.”
The first two seasons of The Man in the High Castle are now available on Amazon Prime Video, as part of a £5.99 monthly subscription. Catch up with our reviews here – or hit the button below to get watching.