We loved the first season of “Dirk Gently” went it debuted last year, and we are finally getting new info on the highly-anticipated second season. As a teaser to fans, BBC America announced today the casting of John Hannah, Alan Tudyk, Amanda Walsh and Aleks Paunovic as guest stars in season two of the scripted original series, which left us with an agonizing cliffhanger.
Starring Elijah Wood and Samuel Barnett, the series is penned by Max Landis (American Ultra, Chronicle) and executive produced by Robert Cooper (Stargate Atlantis, Stargate Universe). Adapted from the wildly popular novels by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), season two will return with ten episodes and premiere later this year. The series is produced by AMC Studios, and will stream globally on Netflix in countries outside the US.
John Hannah will play THE MAGE; a powerful wizard who takes great pleasure in doing evil and is seeking to conquer a world not his own. Fans might remember Hannah from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marley’s Ghosts, Atlantis, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Alan Tudyk will play MR. PRIEST; a ruthless, dangerous, and violent bounty hunter working for Blackwing. Tudyk has been in Rogue One, Firefly, Serenity, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Maze Runner, Death at a Funeral, and DodgeBall. Aleks Paunovic will play WYGAR OAK; a dominating enforcer for the Dengdamor royal family. You can see Paunovic in War for the Planet of the Apes, and has been in Van Helsing, Continuum, and Supernatural. Amanda Walsh will play SUZIE BORETON; an unassuming, insecure, depressed soccer mom who is selected for an unexpected role by the Mage, and gradually reveals her true, terrifying self to our heroes. Walsh’s credits include Curb of Enthusiasm, Ghost of Girlfriends Past, Lost Girls, Sons and Daughters, and Disturbia.
Recent casting announced also included Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Deadbeat) who will play Sherlock Hobbs, an under-stimulated, but overly enthusiastic small town sheriff who is eager to help Dirk and crew solve a new mystery. This season reunites Labine and Tudyk who co-starred in the cult film phenomenon Tucker and Dale vs Evil.
The series is set in the unexpected world of the hyper, absurd, eponymous detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett). Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, is a serialized comedic thriller that follows the bizarre adventures of eccentric “holistic” detective Dirk Gently and his reluctant assistant Todd (Elijah Wood), as they wend their way through one big, seemingly insane mystery a season, crossing unlikely paths with a bevy of wild and sometimes dangerous characters, each episode landing them a few random steps closer to uncovering the truth.
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is a co-production of AMC Studios, IDEATE MEDIA and IDW Entertainment, with Circle of Confusion producing for BBC AMERICA. Max Landis writes and executive produces the series with Robert Cooper serving as executive producer and showrunner. Arvind Ethan David and Zainir Aminullah for IDEATE MEDIA executive produce along with Ted Adams and David Ozer for IDW and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs for Circle of Confusion.