‘Man In The High Castle’ Finds Its Man In The High Castle

By November 30, 2016
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He was a man, and he was living in a castle that looked pretty high up. But He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named-Because-It’s-A-Season-1-Spoiler apparently isn’t the man in the high castle as promised in the name of the Amazon television series, The Man in the High Castle.

boardwalkroot-inset113016Instead, that honor will go to Office Space icon Stephen Root.

Root will be the mysterious man who has ordered members of the Resistance to collect old World War II films from another reality for the show, which starts its second season in a little more than two weeks. Based on the Philip K. Dick novel, Man in the High Castle depicts the 1960s as they might have been if the Allies had lost World War II, and member of the Axis powers split the spoils that was the United States.

In reporting the story, Deadline didn’t reveal the name of the character Root will play. Internet Movie Database, however, lists his name as Abendsen, the name used for the author of The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, one of the key stories that seems to link our reality with this alternative history.

And Root’s character appears to play a key role in the mounting tensions between the German Nazis and Japan, as they try and co-exist in North America.

Root has found himself a part of many critically acclaimed television projects over the years, dating back to the mid-1990s when he played the bumbling millionaire radio station owner in NewsRadio. He would then put his character acting skills to use, adding up a number of credits including Malcolm in the MiddleThe West WingTripping the RiftAmerican Dad and True Blood.

rootspace-inset113016Of course, many fans would know him as the red stapler-loving Milton Waddams in Mike Judge’s cult comedy classic Office Space.

His more recent credits include Masters of Sex, the upcoming Nick Offerman comedy Infinity Baby and the voice of Bubbles in 2016’s top movie so far, Finding Dory.

The second season, according to Deadline’s Erik Pedersen, will have Juliana Crain (played by Alexa Davalos) face the consequences of her decision to betray the Resistance, while Luke Kleintank’s Joe Blake, will escape the Pacific States, and return a hero to Berlin, where he must face the father who abandoned him.

frankfrink-insert113016Frank Frink, played by Rupert Evans, becomes “increasingly radicalized” inside the Resistance, especially after he watches one of the alternative reality films and witnesses his execution.

Frank Spotnitz, the former executive producer of The X-Files that adapted Dick’s novel into a television series told Screener more than a year ago that fans they would have to wait to meet the title character.

“You won’t meet him in the first season … There’s clues, definitely. Very strong clues in Season 1, but I don’t answer it in Season 1.”

However, when Spotnitz originally wrote the project as a four-part miniseries for Syfy, he planned to reveal the character in the fourth episode. But the series in its current incarnation is much longer, and Spotnitz decided that was a mystery he wanted to save for the second season.

Fans won’t have to wait much longer to see Season 2, however. The Man in the High Castle returns to Amazon Dec. 16.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael has spent more than 18 years of his way-long journalism career in entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based in New York City.