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Peter Sarsgaard to Play Villain in 'The Killing' Season 3

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AMC's revived The Killing has found its villain.

Peter Sarsgaard has been tapped to play a Death Row inmate in the rebooted third season of the drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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The Shattered Glass, Kinsey and Green Lantern actor will play Tom Seward, a Death Row inmate for whom the clock is clicking down. He's described as a lifelong convict born into poverty and crime who has been in and out of the system for violent crimes since he was 10. Never wanting to appear weak, every interaction for Tom is a challenge and one he must dominate.

The casting marks Sarsgaard's first recurring role in a TV series. He joins new cast members Elias Koteas (as the new partner to Mireille Enos), Amy Seimetz as a mother whose daughter is missing and Max Fowler as a streetwise hustler. Enos and Joel Kinnaman will reprise their role in the drama, which AMC revived in January.

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In addition to a Golden Globe nomination for his supporting turn in Shattered Glass, Sarsgaard's credits also include An Education, Year of the Dog, Flightplan and Garden State. He's repped by CAA, Authentic and Peikoff Law. 

The 12-episode third season of The Killing will introduce a new case and be set a year after the Rosie Larsen investigation featured in the first two seasons was closed with Linden no longer a detective. She is drawn back when Holder's search for a runaway girl leads him to a string of murders that connects to a previous investigation she led.

Email: Lesley.Goldberg@thr.com; Twitter: @Snoodit