Joan Allen Set for Final Season of THE KILLING

Joan Allen Set for Final Season of THE KILLING

Joan Allen is getting in on THE KILLING.

After being revived for a third and final season by Netflix, the one-time AMC critical darling has Enlisted the stage and screen vet for a "major recurring role," according to Deadline.

The upcoming season "will follow a new murder investigation led by homicide detectives Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) and Stephen Holder (Joel Kinnaman)."

Allen will take on the role of Margaret O'Neal, "the head of an all-boys military academy," located just outside of Seattle.

The show's third season finale, which aired in August, delivered 1.5 million viewers, up from the 1.4 million of the second season finale. However its overall average for total viewers fell short of Season 2 with 1.53 million vs. its sophomore season with 1.65 million.

From writer, executive producer and series showrunner Veena Sud (Cold Case), The Killing is based on the wildly successful Danish television series Forbrydelsen and tells the story of the murder of a young girl in Seattle and the subsequent police investigation.

Joan Allen, is a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, who, since 1977, has performed in numerous productions including Cloud Nine, Of Mice and Men, Waiting for Lefty, Reckless, Love Letters and Say Goodnight, Gracie. Broadway credits: Impressionism, Burn This (Tony® Award); Heidi Chronicles (Tony® Nomination). Off-Broadway credits: The Marriage Of Bette and Boo; And A Nightingale Sang (Clarence Derwent, Drama Desk, Outer Critic's Circle and Theater World Awards); Heidi Chronicles (Playwrights Horizons).

Film credits: Death Race; Bonneville; Bourne Ultimatum; Yes; The Upside Of Anger; Off The Map; Bourne Supremacy; The Notebook; The Contender (Oscar, SAG, Independent Spirit, Golden Globe nominations - Best Actress); Pleasantville; The Ice Storm; The Crucible (Oscar, SAG, Golden Globe nominations, Best Supporting Actress); Nixon (Oscar, SAG nominations, Best Supporting Actress); Searching For Bobby Fischer; Ethan Frome; Tucker; Manhunter; Peggy Sue Got Married; Compromising Positions. TV Movie credits: Georgia O'Keefe for Lifetime Television co-starring Jeremy Irons (Golden Globe nomination).

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