Original ‘Roswell’ Star Jason Behr Joins CW Reboot in ‘Top Secret’ Recurring Role

“Roswell, New Mexico” also adds “Friday Night Lights” alum Gaius Charles

A familiar face will be landing in Roswell when The CW’s “Roswell, New Mexico” returns for its second season next year.

Jason Behr, who starred as Max Evans on the original “Roswell” series in 1999, has joined the cast of the midseason drama in an undisclosed recurring role. Behr will appear in multiple episodes of the reboot, including at least one directed by his former co-star and on-screen flame, Shiri Appleby.

“We’re very excited that Jason will be joining us for a multi-episode arc,” executive producer Carina Adly MacKenzie said in a statement. “It’s only fitting that he’s playing a (currently top secret) character with deep ties to Roswell, New Mexico’s history.”

She continued, “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.”

The CW’s tease of the upcoming season reads: “In the aftermath of the tragic sacrifice of Max Evans (Nathan Dean Parsons) and return of Rosa Ortecho (Amber Midthunder) in the season one finale of ‘Roswell, New Mexico,’ the mysterious town seemed like a place where anything could happen.”

The new season of “Roswell, New Mexico” will also feature “Friday Night Lights” alum Gaius Charles in a recurring role. Charles, best known for playing Smash on “Friday Night Lights,” will recur as Bronson. The character is described as “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.”

“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,” executive producer Chris Hollier said. “We feel so lucky that he agreed to come help us tell this lyrical story within a story.”

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