Actors Kyle MacLachlan and Henry Simmons have joined the cast of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" for Season 2. TV Line reported Thursday (Aug. 7) that MachLachlan will recur on the ABC series as Skye's (Chloe Bennett) father throughout the second season.
The mystery surrounding Skype's parents and how she ended up in an orphanage was discussed throughout the show's first season, culminating in a scene in the season finale where Raina (Ruth Negga) approached a mysterious figure, handing him a photo of Skye and announcing that she had found his daughter. It's unclear whether the character is Skype's biological father or one of the adoptive fathers she had during her time in foster care.
According to Cinema Blend, Simmons will also have a recurring role during the show's sophomore season as Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie, a mechanic in his 30s allying himself with Coulson's team. He's based on the comics' SHIELD. C.I.A. liaison, who made his first comic book appearance in 1988's "Nick Fury vs. SHIELD."
They join several other actors who have already joined the series for Season 2, including Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess"), who will play SHIELD agent Isabelle Hartley, and Simon Kassianides as the savvy Bakshi. Reed Diamond will also star as the villainous HYDRA operative Kraken, while British actor Nick Blood will portray STRIKE mercenary Lance Hunter.
"Agents of SHIELD," executived produced by Joss Whedon ("Marvel's The Avengers"), stars Clark Gregg (Director Coulson), Ming-Na Wen (Agent May), Brett Dalton (Grant Ward), Elizabeth Henstridge (Agent Simmons), Iain De Caestecker (Agent Fitz), and Bennet (Skye).
MacLachlan is best known for his lead role in David Lynch's short-lived series "Twin Peaks." His other TV credits include "Desperate Housewives," "Portlandia," "Sex and the City," "How I Met Your Mother" and NBC's "Believe."
Simmons played Detective Baldwin Jones on the ABC drama "NYPD Blue." He also had a leading role in the CBS legal drama "Shark," starring James Woods.
"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" returns for Season 2 on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8 p.m. CT on ABC.