Frank Langella Joins FX’s ‘The Americans’

“Frost/Nixon” actor will play Philip and Elizabeth’s former KGB handler

Frank Langella is joining “The Americans.”

The “Frost/Nixon” actor has signed on for the third season of FX’s Cold War-era spy drama for a recurring role, the network said Thursday.

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Langella will play Gabriel, the former KGB handler of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) who comes out of retirement to take back responsibility for overseeing these two KGB operatives from their previous handler, Claudia (Margo Martindale).

“We’ve been huge fans of Frank’s work for a long time, and it’s been such a pleasure getting to know Frank himself in the beginning stages of working together on the character of Gabriel,” executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields said. “We look forward to a great season together, and to what we’re sure will be a phenomenal creative collaboration.”

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The third season of “The Americans,” which began production this week, will premiere in January.

Langella, who is repped by Paradigm, has three upcoming feature films set for release in 2015: the romance “5 to 7” opposite Anton Yelchin and Glenn Close, “Driftless Area” with Zooey Deschanel, and “Captain Fantastic” opposite Viggo Mortensen.