LONDON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The Walking Dead alum David Morrissey and MI-5 actress Keeley Hawes are to star in Season 2 of the thriller series The Missing, the BBC announced.
Ben Chanan is directing the eight-part drama, which will feature Tchéky Karyo returning as Julien Baptiste, the detective who tried to help a devastated father find his son after he vanished while the family was on vacation in Season 1.
Season 2 will focus on a new case, characters and location. Morrissey and Hawes will play Sam and Gemma whose daughter Alice disappeared in 2003.
"In 2014, a young British woman stumbles through the streets of her German hometown and collapses," a synopsis said. "Her name is Alice Webster, played by newcomer Abigail Hardingham, and she has been missing for 11 years. Alice's return sends shockwaves through the small community. Told in dual timelines, flitting between 2014 and the present day, we follow Alice's family as they are thrown back into a turmoil that threatens to tear them apart at the seams. When French missing person's detective Julien Baptiste races across Europe to pursue a 12-year-old case that he never let die, we begin to explore the murky morality and emotional complexity of what happens when the missing child you've been longing to return actually comes back."
"While we were writing the first series, we began talking about what the show would have been had Oliver Hughes been found," screenwriters Harry and Jack Williams said in a statement. "This story grew out of that discussion. It's the other side of the coin to Series 1 -- an exploration of loss, of freedom, of how the past can shape the present in myriad ways that we cannot fully understand. It's bigger, more ambitious, and we're delighted to have such a brilliantly talented cast joining Julien Baptiste for a new case."