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Sky's Arctic thriller 'Fortitude' is coming back for a second series later this year, and judging by its new cast members, it's sure of a warm welcome. It's adding a host of famous faces, including Hollywood actor Dennis Quaid ('Innerspace').

Also joining are Parminder Nagra ('ER'), Michelle Fairley ('Game of Thrones'), Robert Sheehan ('Misfits') and Ken Stott ('The Missing').

The second series promises "explosive events" in the arctic town, with a fresh murder rocking the community. This place has more deaths than Midsomer.

Nature will also grow even more unpredictable, deadly and dangerous, according to Sky.

Cast members returning from the original series include Sofia Grabøl ('The Killing'), Richard Dormer ('Game of Thrones') Darren Boyd ('Stan Lee's Lucky Man') and Mia Jexen ('Happiness').

The first series of 'Fortitude' was Sky Atlantic's biggest drama commission to date, with the premiere episode being watched more than 3.2 million times so far.

Zai Bennet, director of Sky Atlantic, said: "I'm incredibly excited to welcome these great names to our already amazing cast for the next series of 'Fortitude'. We know our customers love epic dramas and world-class storytelling and they appreciate that having the very best actors are integral to bringing these shows to life. Its success around the world is testament to all involved and we are delighted to be working with Pivot again for this second series."

Simon Donald, creator and writer, added: "Sky and Pivot are letting me return to the Arctic with Fortitude II. Given what happened in our story previously this may be somewhat reckless. But with Dennis Quaid, Michelle Fairley, Ken Stott, Parminder Nagra and Robert Sheehan to play with – somewhat reckless should get thrillingly intense."

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