Today Amazon Prime Video announced Stephen Root in the title role of the original drama series The Man in the High Castle. Based on Philip K. Dick’s Hugo Award-winning 1962 alternate history novel, and debuting Friday, 16th December, season two of the one-hour drama series continues to explore what would have happened if the Allied Powers had lost World War II. In the new season, Root plays a mysterious figure tied to the Resistance movement who collects the enigmatic films that seem to depict alternate versions of reality.
Stephen Root, one of today’s most prolific character actors, has built a career in creating memorable characters in film, television, theatre and animation. Root’s extensive credits include Selma, Trumbo, Boardwalk Empire, Finding Dory, and the cult classic Office Space, among others. He can soon be seen in Three Christs, directed by Jon Avnet, Infinity Baby, directed by Bob Byington and Melissa McCarthy’s Life of the Party, directed by Ben Falcone.
The Man in the High Castle stars Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank, DJ Qualls, Joel de la Fuente, Brennan Brown, Bella Heathcote, Callum Keith Rennie, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, and Rufus Sewell, and is executive produced by David Zucker and Isa Dick Hackett. Season two resumes with Juliana Crain (Davalos) facing the consequences of her decision to betray the Resistance and allow Joe Blake (Kleintank), a suspected Nazi agent, to escape the Pacific States with a film originally bound for the Man in the High Castle. Joe himself returns a hero to the Reich and finds himself thrust into the Nazi capital of Berlin, face to face with the father who abandoned him. Meanwhile, Frank Frink (Rupert Evans) becomes increasingly radicalised and drawn further into the resistance after seeing images of his own execution in the mysterious films.
With political tensions mounting between Germany and Japan, Trade Minister Tagomi (Tagawa) begins to regret his success in smuggling nuclear technology from the Reich and seeks solace in the strange new world he discovered at the end of season one. Meanwhile, Obergruppenführer John Smith (Sewell) struggles to reconcile the values of the Reich with the deteriorating health of his son— all while tasked with a mission from the Fuhrer for which failure is not an option. And Chief Inspector Kido (De La Fuente) begins to take greater interest in the Man in the High Castle, the films, and how Juliana Crain is connected to it all.