Michael Nyqvist, Nazanin Boniadi, Nicholas Pinnock and Sara Serraiocco have been cast as series regulars in Counterpart, Starz’s upcoming spy thriller. Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams and Harry Lloyd star in the series, described as an espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist.
Counterpart is the story of Howard Silk (Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency who discovers that the agency he works for is really guarding a crossing into a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his counterpart on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, what-ifs and lost love. Starz ordered two 10-episode seasons in 2015.
Nyqvist will play Chekhov, the hardened Director of Operations at Howard’s agency and a strange mix of philosopher and spy. Boniadi will play Clare, an enigmatic young woman of curious origin, who becomes a major linchpin as the season develops. Pinnock will play Ian Shaw, an aggressive operative and watchdog whose job is to ensure an uneasy peace between both dimensions. Serraiocco will play Baldwin, a mysterious assassin whose life takes on a new purpose when she is exposed to the other side.
Swedish actor Nyqvist’s flm credits include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, John Wick, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and Disconnect. Next seen in the feature Frank & Lola, he is repped by Authentic Talent & Literary Management, ICM Partners and Sweden’s Agentfirman.
Boniadi co-starred on Homeland for two seasons as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi. Other recent credits include Ben-Hur, Scandal and How I Met Your Mother. Repped by ICM Partners, Jordan Lee Talent and Stone Genow, she is shooting Hotel Mumbai with Dev Patel and Armie Hammer.
Pinnock appeared in History’s miniseries Barbarians Rising and recently starred in ITV 1’s crime drama Marcella. Other film and television credits include Captain America: The First Avenger and A.D. The Bible Continues. He is repped by Silver Lining Entertainment.
Serraiocco starred in the Italian features Salvo and La Ragazza del Mondo (Worldly Girl), directed by Marco Danieli. She is repped by UK-based Olivia Bell Management and Italian agency Officine Artistiche.
Created and written by Justin Marks, Counterpart is from MRC, Anonymous Content and Gilbert Films. Executive producers are Morten Tyldum — who will direct the first episode — Marks, Amy Berg, Gary Gilbert, Jordan Horowitz, Keith Redmon and Bard Dorros. Simmons also serves as a producer.
Here are a couple interviews Nazanin did to promote Ben-Hur, which is now in theaters.
Nazanin Boniadi couldn’t help but feel blessed last weekend. And it wasn’t simply because she was in Los Angeles promoting the Ben-Hur remake, an epic tale of faith, freedom, and forgiveness set in Jerusalem during Jesus’ carpenter years.
“At one point today, I was sitting in an interview with [co-stars] Rodrigo [Santoro] on my left and Morgan [Freeman] on my right, and I thought, ‘I am sandwiched between Jesus and God,’” Boniadi joked during an exclusive interview with Refinery29. “I’m pretty sure that is basically what heaven feels like.”
Not that her spirited outlook isn’t also bolstered by the fact that her acting career, which didn’t even start until after the Iranian-born, London-raised stunner graduated from college (with honors in biological sciences), seems touched by an angel. (Sometimes quite literally. Ben-Hur was produced by Roma Downey.)
“I am a Middle Eastern woman in a leading role in a Hollywood film with this kind of budget releasing in the summer. That doesn’t happen every day,” said Boniadi, who came from the Australian set of her next gig, Hotel Mumbai, in which she plays a hostage and wife of fellow captive Armie Hammer. “I am so grateful that [they] took the chance and did the right thing by casting authentically because this is what people looked like in that region.”
Still, Boniadi knows all too well that the casting process isn’t always concerned with getting it right or turning a color-blind eye. The Homeland and How I Met Your Mother alum recounted tales of her early days in Hollywood, addressed diversity in the entertainment industry, and touched on a variety of topics including how she almost became a doctor, Ben-Hur’s powerful and enduring message, and filming in the land of gelato, pasta and pizza.
Your bio makes it sound like you were well on your way to curing cancer when the call of the stage became too hard to resist.
“Since I was probably five years old, [I knew] that I wanted to help people and help make this world a better place, as cheesy as that sounds. I’m Iranian, so culturally it was instilled in me from a very young age that education is key. And then [my parents would] say, ‘The world is yours. You can be a doctor, a lawyer, engineer, or a dentist. I was like, Okay. Medicine sounds appealing because you get to help people…I’m going to be a doctor because that’s what good Persian girls do. I graduated high school top of my class. I moved to the U.S., and I went to U.C. Irvine where I studied biological sciences, pre-med. I graduated with honors, applied to a bunch of medical schools, and took the MCAT three times. I was doing cancer research and winning awards.”
Desert Dancer is officially on DVD for US and Canada. It has been on DVD for different Regions for a while before it was released here. It’s finally available on Instant Video as well as DVD. You can find it here >> Amazon <<
You can now own Homeland Season Four on DVD and Blu-Ray (Here). It comes with them great features including Deleted Scenes, a Character Profile on Fara Sherazi and a few other character and more.
Desert Dancer is now available via digital download. It is available on Amazon Instant Video, Itunes and On Demand. If any new details about the movie come out will be sure to keep you in the loop.