Langella will play the role of Gabriel, Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth’s (Keri Russell) former KGB handler who comes out of retirement to take back responsibility for overseeing the 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,” said executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields in a statement. “We look forward to a great season together, and to what we’re sure will be a phenomenal creative collaboration.”
Langella is repped by Paradigm, and is set to appear in three films slated for release in 2015: the romance “5 to 7” alongside Anton Yelchin and Glenn Close, “The Driftless Area” with Zooey Deschanel, and “Captain Fantastic” opposite Viggo Mortensen.
“The Americans” was created by and is executive produced by Joe Weisberg. Joel Fields and Graham Yost also serve as executive producers, along with Amblin Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. “The Americans” is produced by Fox Television Studios and FX Productions.
The drama will return for its third season in January 2015.