Wallace Shawn Joins 'Graves' Season 2

The veteran actor will play the political opponent of Sela Ward's character.
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EPIX's Graves is adding a familiar face for season two.

Wallace Shawn has signed on for a recurring role on the political comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Shawn will play Jerry North, the incumbent Democratic senator of New Mexico and Margaret's (Sela Ward) opponent in her race for the Senate. A rumpled suit-wearing klutz and self-righteous liberal, Jerry was one of Graves' (Nick Nolte) most vehement adversaries during his presidency and now turns his taste for political combat on Margaret.

Season two of the Lionsgate series will see Graves looking inward in search of the man he was before he was president following a year of public protests about his presidential legacy. He'll also have to deal with being a new grandfather, a surprising revelation about his son (Chris Lowell), and his wife Margaret's push to build her own political legacy with her run for Senate.

Production on the second season began May 15 in New Mexico.

Graves hails from creator and showrunner Josh Michael Stern, who exec produces with Greg Shapiro and Rebecca Kirshner. Liosngate produces in association with Kingsgate Films. 

In addition to his many film credits, including Clueless, The Princess Bride and his voice work in the Toy Story films, Shawn's recent TV roles include Mozart in the Jungle and The Good Wife. He is repped by AKA Talent Agency, WME, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates and Opus Entertainment.

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