Kurtwood Smith Joins "Agent Carter" Season 2 as Vernon Masters

"That '70s Show" star Kurtwood Smith will play a recurring character named Vernon Masters on "Agent Carter" season two. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Masters is "a veteran of the War Department with a keen understanding of how to work the system."

Smith's past credits also include "Robocop" and "Resurrection," where he worked with "Agent Carter" showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas. He will join a growing cast, which includes newcomers Wynn Everett ("The Newsroom"), Lotte Verbeek ("The Fault in Our Stars"), Currie Graham ("Pompeii") and Reggie Austin ("Devious Maids").

"We had the pleasure of working with Kurtwood on both 'Resurrection' and 'Chaos,' and were well aware of what a commanding presence he is," Butters, Fazekas and Chris Dingess told Marvel.com. "So when we were developing the character of Vernon Masters, we wrote it with him in mind. We just never thought we could actually get him. Thankfully, we were wrong."

According to season two's official plot synopsis, Peggy will head to Los Angeles for some Cold War-era espionage: "Dedicated to the fight against new atomic age threats in the wake of World War II, Peggy must now journey from New York City to Los Angeles for her most dangerous assignment yet. But even as she discovers new friends, a new home -- and perhaps even a new love -- she's about to find out that the bright lights of the post-war Hollywood mask a more sinister threat to everyone she is sworn to protect."

Even though Peggy will be moving from one coast to another, James D'Arcy and Enver Gjokaj will reprise their roles as Peggy's begrudging sidekick, Edwin Jarvis, and her coworker, Daniel Sousa, though it appears that Sousa will now be her boss. The new season will also feature Madame Masque (Everett) as an antagonist.

Starring Atwell and D'Arcy, "Agents Carter" season two is expected to air in January 2016 during "Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s" midseason break on ABC.

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