Six Feet Under star Lauren Ambrose has signed on for the highly anticipated fourth season of Torchwood, newly retitled as Torchwood: Miracle Day.
Entertainment Weekly reports that she’ll appear in seven of the 10 episodes as Jilly Kitzinger, “a sweet-talking PR genius with a heart of stone who’s just cornered the most important client of her career … and maybe of all time.” Ambrose joins returning stars John Barrowman and Eva Myles, recent additions Bill Pullman, Mekhi Phifer (Lie to Me, ER) and the just-cast Alexa Havins (All My Children) and Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse).
Previously called Torchwood: The New World, the co-production of Starz and BBC Worldwide tried on its new title last week as creator Russell T. Davies revealed the first plot details during the Television Critics Association winter press tour.
“The premise is a miracle happens in the world,” Davies said. “One day, on Earth, no one dies. The next day, no one dies. The day after that, no one dies. The [people who are] dying, keep dying … but don’t actually die. The possibility of death ceases to exist. Which is great for some people. But it’s an instant overnight population boom. The earth relies on people dying … What is society going to do now? Some of the answers are beautiful and brave. Some of the reactions are terrifying.”
Torchwood: Miracle Day began production this week, and will debut on Starz and BBC One on July 1.