Ksenia Solo as Kenzi in LOST GIRL
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ORPHAN BLACK Announces Exciting Casting News!

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Rejoice Orphan Black fans! There’s news!

Even though the show isn’t coming back until spring 2015, BBC America was merciful enough to release some casting news regarding season 3. We can expect a whole lot of new characters and guest stars. And what guest stars they are!

James Frain (Grimm) will guest star as Ferdinand, a well-educated “cleaner”, who is both charming and intimidating. Ferdinand is a powerful player in a secretive, multi-national political faction that operates with questionable ethics and a ruthless approach. Frain, who made something of a career for himself in villainous characters, will no doubt add a powerful presence to the show.

Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl) will portray Shay, a soulful and compassionate holistic healer with a great sense of humor destined to become a new friend to Cosima Niehaus (Tatiana Maslany). Fans of Solo’s Lost Girl character Kenzi will no doubt look forward to possible humorous banter between Shay and Cosima (a kingdom for a Shay/Felix scene!). This also gives some hope to Cosima’s fans, as the clone didn’t look so good at the end of season 2.

Justin Chatwin (Shameless) joins in a recurring role as Jason Kellerman. With rugged good looks and street-smarts, Jason is a savvy drug-dealer in the guise of a charismatic businessman.

Kyra Harper (Warehouse 13) will guest star as Dr. Coady, a ruthless doctor and advisor to the military. She will no doubt be one of the character introduced to flesh out the Castor storyline.

And finally, Earl Pastko (Murdoch Mysteries) will play Bulldog, Ferdinand’s violent personal bodyguard.

Now, onto more familiar faces:

Ari Millen will of course return in a lead role as various male clones, and we can expect Evelyne Brochu (Delphine) and Michiel Huisman (Cal) to be back as well. Jordan Gavaris (Felix), Dylan Bruce (Paul), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Mrs. S), Kristian Bruun (Donnie), Skyler Wexler (Kira) and Kevin Hanchard (Art) are all reprising their roles in season 3. We will also see more of Zoé De Grand Maison (Gracie), who is currently with one of the male clones, Mark.

Unfortunately, there’s no news as of yet, about the return of Patrick J. Adams (Jesse), but the actor himself really wants to reprise his role. Here at SciFi4Me, we approve of that idea (as those of you who listened to our SciFi4Chicks Clone Club podcasts are no doubt aware).

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