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Not only has Regina King signed on for Season 2 of John Ridley’s ABC anthology series American Crime, her status has also been bumped from recurring to series regular.

But don’t expect her to return as Aliyah Shadeed…dealing with the aftermath of a murder in Modesto, California.

King and her returning co-stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton will all play new characters in a new setting.

“Regina is phenomenal in all regards, and is going to be at the center of a story that deals with physicality, sexuality, and societal boundaries with the same urgency as our first season dealt with race and faith,” he said, according to

“We’ve been blessed with the opportunity to speak on subjects as no other show does, and a cast which can do so with such a high degree of emotional honesty.”

Filming will again take place in Austin Texas, with production likely to begin in July.

Below, Ridley talks about the show’s distinctive filming style – the long takes, bizarre edits, lack of music score – and the reason behind it:

(Photo: PR Photos)

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