Sleepy Hollow S2 adds Benjamin Franklin, here's who's playing him

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May 6, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT (Updated)

One of the most entertaining things about Fox’s breakout supernatural hit Sleepy Hollow is the colonial-era flashbacks, and now they’ve officially added a major player from the early days of America’s youth.

Timothy Busfield (The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) has signed on to play Benjamin Franklin in season two, and if we had to guess, his role will likely be confined to flashbacks from Ichabod Crane’s days fighting crazy Hessians and British attacks.

Along with the modern-day world of horsemen and demons, the series truly shines when it flashes back to the days of yore, so we’re glad to see they’re expanding the lineup of Founding Fathers. According to Entertainment Weekly, Ichabod apparently apprenticed under Franklin back in the day, which is how he fits into the series.

Executive producer Mark Goffman noted Franklin is one of the most interesting people in American history, so they couldn’t resist drawing him into this secret war between good and evil:

“Last season, we created this history between Ichabod and George Washington that talked about this secret war that was part of the American Revolution. This season, we’re continuing that and expanding on it with other characters. Benjamin Franklin is great because we are all familiar with so many of his contributions and now we get to pull back the veil a bit. This man founded the printing press and was responsible for so many [innovations] and now we find out he’s involved in this secret war and that Crane had a relationship with him. I’ve read several biographies of Franklin and we’re teeing off on some of his precociousness and eccentricities.”

The second season of Sleepy Hollow debuts this fall on Fox.

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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