By Shirley Li
April 21, 2016 at 04:45 PM EDT
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More humans are joining Humans as humans.

Season 2 of the sci-fi drama exploring the fine line between machines and, well, humans has added five series regulars, AMC announced Thursday. Carrie-Anne Moss, who knows a thing or two about starring on a sci-fi project, is set to play Dr. Athena Morrow, an expert in artificial intelligence who sets her sights on furthering the technology of machine consciousness already prevalent in the universe’s synths. 

Meanwhile, Nashville crooner Sam Palladio will appear as Ed, the owner of a café hoping to revive his family business, and True Blood alum Marshall Allman joins as Milo Khoury, a Silicon Valley billionaire and tech company leader. Sonya Cassidy (The Paradise) and Letitia Wright (Cucumber/Banana) round out the new cast members, but their characters’ details have not been released.

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Much of the original cast returns for the new, eight-episode season, which begins months after the end of season 1. According to the press release, synth Niska (Emily Berrington) still holds the consciousness code while on the run, but her synth family members — Mia (Gemma Chan), Leo (Colin Morgan), and Max (Ivanno Jeremiah) — have begun to move on and live their own lives. Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) and Laura (Katherine Parkinson) are still working to heal their marriage, but will become entangled again in the struggle between synths and humans. 

Humans is slated to return in the U.K. in late 2016 and in the U.S. in 2017.

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