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Fanboys may want to sit down for this casting news!
The CW's Supernatural has recruited yet another sci-fi genre fan favorite to guest star in its upcoming season: Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse star Tahmoh Penikett is set to play fallen angel Ezekiel opposite Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, E! News has confirmed. Please give us a moment to fangirl out, won't you?
Penikett will make his Supernatural debut in the season-nine premiere on Oct. 8. Executive producer Jeremy Carver describes Ezekiel as "a dignified warrior angel injured in the Fall," referring to the season-eight finale's epic final scene which saw all of the angels falling from heaven. (Insert cheesy pickup line involving the fall from heaven causing his injury here.) All other details about the mysterious Ezekiel are being kept under wraps.
Penikett has made guest appearances on Castle, The Killing and Continuum and recently costarred in the summer blockbuster Man of Steel. Penikett isn't the first Whedonverse (Joss Whedon, duh!) actor to guest star on Supernatural: Buffy stars James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, Amber Benson and Mercedes McNab have all appeared, as well as Penikett's Dollhouse costar Amy Acker. Of course, the CW series has also welcomed many, many BSG stars, including Tricia Helfer, Ty Olsson, Rick Worthy, Samantha Ferris and Michael Hogan, to name but a few. Penikett's Supernatural gig reunites him with his Battlestar and Dollhouse costar Mark Sheppard, who plays the fan-favorite baddie Crowley.
Season nine of Supernatural will shake up what viewers have previously learned about angels due to their Fall, especially fan favorite Castiel (Misha Collins), who will now be a mere mortal. "It's going to be interesting," Jensen Ackles told us of Dean's reaction to human Castiel. "Castiel has been such a valuable tool to Dean over the past few years and I don't know if he's going to have him come clean his room; I don't know what's going to happen."
At Comic-Con last month, Carver teased, "We're going to learn pretty quickly that a world full of fallen angels is pretty much a free-for-all. We're going to see it's not one unified body. We've got lots of angels out there with lots of different agendas. Many are feelings lost and vengeful. A world of fallen angels is a dirty, bloody, scary and, in some ways, a very human world."
Supernatural returns Oct. 8 at 9 p.m. on the CW.