Five-time Emmy Award-nominee Sandra Oh, who played Dr. Cristina Yang on 10 seasons of “Grey’s Anatomy,” has joined the cast of “American Crime” for that ABC anthology’s third season next year.
The network announced Thursday that the Korean-Canadian Oh, 45, will play Abby Tanaka, a social worker in Alamance County, North Carolina, “who runs a local shelter dedicated to housing victims of domestic abuse in the face of community indifference.” The real-life county of 158,000 is home to the towns of Burlington and Graham and is 1.7 percent Asian.
Created by Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”), the critically acclaimed “American Crime” premiered with an 11-episode season in 2015 that centered on a California burglary that resulted in a dead war veteran. The 10-episode second season early this year focused on accusations of sexual assault at two Indianapolis, Indiana, high schools. The upcoming season involves “the opiate addiction epidemic that is plaguing America,” executive producer Michael McDonald said in August.
Oh joins returning cast-members Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Regina King and Lili Taylor, who played different characters each season, as well as Connor Jessup from season 2 and Benito Martinez, who starred in season 1 and guest-starred as a different character in an episode of season 2.
Oh, whose films include “Sideways” (2004) and “Rabbit Hole” (2010), stars in the upcoming comedy “Catfight” and the animated “Window Horses,” which both premiered at this month’s Toronto International Film Festival.