The Hollywood Reporter -- TORONTO - Steel Magnolias' Alfre Woodard has joined the cast of BBC America and Showcase's Copper drama from Cineflix Studios.

Woodard will play the role of Hattie Lemaster, a former slave recently arrived in the Five Points neighborhood of Manhattan in 1865.

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Copper, the Civil War crime drama from co-creators Tom Fontana and Will Rokos, has resumed production on a second season in Toronto.

The scripted drama follows detective Kevin Corcoran, played by Tom Weston-Jones, an Irish-American detective, or copper, returned from the Civil War and looking to uncover the truth about his missing wife and dead daughter in 1865 Manhattan.

The series also stars Kyle Schmid, Anastasia Griffith, Franka Potente and Ato Essandoh.

The second season of Copper will debut in summer 2013.

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