Two-time Academy Award nominee Djimon Hounsou officially signed on today as series regular in Wayward Pines season two, a thing that is actually happening. Mr. Hounsou is perhaps best known for 2006’s Blood Diamond, Ridley Scott’s Gladiator or, soon, the second season of M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pines. Which, I’ll say again, is for-real coming to your TV screen.
Mr. Hounsou will play CJ Mitchum, a Wayward Pines historian and “the one person who can provide a unique bridge between the current world of Wayward Pines and the previous world that humans inhabited.”
Pines debuted last year as a mini-series, based on the best-selling YA series from author, and quickly became summer 2015’s #1 rated broadcast scripted series. It was also a critical hit for the most part, even here, and for nine episodes was just fun and compelling enough to avoid the post-Signs Shyamalan curse. And then–what a twist—it ended with a car exploding for no reason, an illogical ending and seriously who built the giant, bronze statue??
The finale was silly, is what I’m saying. The massive ratings, however, were not, and FOX quickly announced the once-mini-series would get a second season, starring Jason Patric. This, I’m starting to think, was not a joke.