Netflix’s women in prison dramedy “Orange Is the New Black” is beefing up its cast for Season 2, adding Lorraine Toussaint (“The Fosters”) in a prominent new recurring role and promoting Danielle Brooks and Taryn Manning to series regulars.
The word-of-mouth sensation from “Weeds” creator Jenji Kohan is based on Piper Kerman’s memoir about a 15-month stint in a federal penitentiary. Taylor Schilling heads a cast that also includes Laura Prepon, Jason Biggs, Kate Mulgrew and Michelle Hurst.
Deadline reports Toussaint is set to play Vee, a powerful drug dealer who recruited kids as sellers. Brooks and Manning have been recurring throughout Season 1 as Tasha “Taystee” Jefferson and Tiffany “Pennsatucky” Doggett, respectively.
Netflix renewed “Orange” for a second season before the first season was even released on the online streaming and rental service.