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Roswell, New Mexico Casts an OG Roswell Star

A Friday Night Lights alum is also joining the cast

Malcolm Venable

Roswell, New Mexicois adding two new faces to the fray for Season 2: Gaius Charles, who played Smash on Friday Night Lights, and Jason Behr, the actor who portrayed Max Evans in the original Roswellseries. Cast and producers of The CW/Warner Bros. Television's series announced the additions on Sunday during Roswell, New Mexico's New York Comic Con panel.

When the show returns for its sophomore season, it will pick up in the aftermath of the tragic sacrifice of Max Evans (Nathan Dean) and return of Rosa Ortecho (Amber Midthunder). The finale reinforced the idea that anything can happen on Roswell, New Mexico -- making it fitting Charles and Behr would join. Charles will play Bronson, a local farmer with a strong moral compass that leads him to see the good in people -- and aliens -- in a time of great prejudice. Ultimately, his quest to protect those he loves pits him against forces far more powerful than he is. Behr's role has yet to be revealed.

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Said executive producer Chris Hollier, "When we were looking at a way to instantly have our audience be invested in a 1947 storyline, we couldn't think of a better actor than Gaius Charles to create a character to hook into. We feel so lucky that he agreed to come help us tell this lyrical story within a story."

Carina Adly MacKenzie, also an executive producer shared some insight on Behr's role, which is still under wraps for now. "We're very excited that Jason will be joining us for a multi-episode arc. It's only fitting that he's playing a (currently top secret) character with deep ties to Roswell, New Mexico's history. Working with him has already been such a special experience for all of us -- particularly when [Roswell co-star] Shiri Appleby was on set to direct him. I was such a huge fan of Roswell as a kid, so having their stamp of approval -- not to mention their expertise and advice -- has really meant the world to me, the cast, and the crew."

Season 2 of Roswell, New Mexico is expected in 2020.

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