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BBC America’s Copper is gearing up for the summer premiere of its second season, and that means casting announcements. The cable network announced Thursday that Alfre Woodard, winner of four Primetime Emmys, will appear in the period crime drama’s second season.

Woodward has a five-episode arc in season 2, beginning on July 28, BBC America tells EW. The network describes her character, Hattie Lemaster, as “a former slave who has recently arrived to the Five Points to start anew. Jarred by raucous city life, Hattie must reconcile her past against hope for a future.”

Copper, BBC America’s first original scripted series, premieres its sophomore season on Sunday, June 23 at 10 p.m. The new season picks up shortly before Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, again chronicling the the struggles of Detective Kevin Corcoran (Tom Weston-Jones) in 1865 New York City.

Previously announced guest stars lined up for season 2 include Eamonn Walker (Chicago Fire) as legendary abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass, Lee Tergesen (Army Wives) as a new criminal foe for Corcoran, and Andrew Howard (Burn Notice) as the manager of a budding criminal organization.

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