The LAPD just got a little bigger.
FX has announced that Franka Potente is joining the cast of The Shield. The actress, who received global attention in the German film Run Lola Run, was recently seen in The Bourne Supremacy. Potente joins the current cast, which features Michael Chiklis and new recruit Forest Whitaker.
The sixth season of The Shield returns to FX in January 2007. FX has already green-lit the seventh and final season of the acclaimed cop show, to premiere sometime in late 2007 or early 2008.
The German-born Potente will next be seen opposite Benicio Del Toro in the film Guerilla, about the life of Che Guevara, and alongside Johnny Depp in the drug drama Shantaram.
Vic Mackey will return.
FX has renewed the tough LA cop saga The Shield, which got an order for a seventh, and final, season, with 13 new episodes that will air sometime in late 2007 or early 2008. The 10-episode sixth season is scheduled to begin airing in January 2007.
Series creator Shawn Ryan will remain on board as head writer and executive producer through the show's seventh season. Ryan is cocreator, along with renowned playwright David Mamet, of the new CBS hit The Unit, about terrorist-fighting US Army Rangers.
The Shield tells the dark story of the members of LAPD's Elite Strike Team, a role where the lines of good and bad are often in flux. The show stars Michael Chiklis as bald livewire Vic Mackey, a cop who has trouble controlling his anger.
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Shield executive producer Kurt Sutter will make his directorial debut on In-Crime, a script he wrote for Warner Bros. Pictures.
The script follows an unorthodox team of police specialists whose mission is to catch major criminals in the act. The script had a previous working title of S.I.S.
Sutter, whose background is in directing and acting in theater, was a staff writer on The Shield and worked his way up to executive producer. He also did some acting work on the show.
Australian actor Alex O'Loughlin has joined the cast of FX's cop drama The Shield.
O'Loughlin will play Kevin Hiatt, a new member of Detective Vic Mackey's (Michael Chiklis) strike team. He will fill the void of the departure of Kenny Johnson, whose character, Detective Lemonhead Lemansky, died in the series' fifth-season finale.
O'Loughlin has previously been seen as a Deputy Sherriff in the Marvel horror film Man-Thing.
Recently, The Shield featured Glenn Close guest-starring in a recurring role.
Laura Harring has moved from Mulholland Drive to the LAPD. The actress is joining FX's The Shield in a recurring role for the police drama's upcoming fifth season.
Harring will take on the role of attorney Becca Doyle opposite series star Michael Chiklis.
Forest Whitaker recently signed on as a series regular, playing a detective in the Los Angeles Police Department's Internal Affairs division.
Shield, from series creator and executive producer Shawn Ryan, went into production last month on its fifth season, which premieres next year.
Upcoming big-screen projects for Harring, who starred opposite Naomi Watts in David Lynch's 2001 film Mulholland Drive, include the Southern-set drama The King, with William Hurt and Gael Garcia Bernal, which ThinkFilm will release next year. On the TV side, her credits include the upcoming Edward James Olmos-directed HBO movie Walkout.Read more