The casting news was first announced by The Hollywood Reporter, but no details about the character — other than the fact that he will be a bad guy — made available. Head is but one of several guest stars already announced for the upcoming episodes, including Joel Grey, Enrico Colantoni, Missi Pyle, Polly Walker, Nora Zehetner, Kelly Hu and Steve Valentine.
While we don’t know anything for sure about Head’s future character, the name — Paracelsus — might give some clues. If you’re an avid “Harry Potter” fan, you may recognize the name from a Chocolate Frog card in the series’ first book. For you medieval history buffs out there, the actual Paracelsus was a 16th-century Swiss scientist known for work in alchemy, physics, medicine and astrology.
As was becoming increasingly common at the time, Paracelsus insisted on the primacy of natural observation over authoritative texts, although his medical practice was based on ancient Greek theories as much as anything. The scholar was also influential in what became the field of toxicology, noting that toxicity depends as much on dosage and concentration as anything else.
That said, history has mostly remembered Paracelsus as an alchemist and astrologer. “Warehouse 13” will probably go with that.
Best known for playing the role of Rupert Giles on “Buffy,” Anthony Head more recently co-starred on “Merlin” as King Uther and has been cast in the CW pilot, “The Selection.”
New episodes of “Warehouse 13” begin on Monday, April 29 at 10pm on Syfy.