Leverage is becoming a family affair.
Edwin Hodge, the older brother of series regular Aldis Hodge, will guest-star in the TNT drama's upcoming third season premiere, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.
Edwin plays an accountant who is sent to prison on a minor traffic offense. While in The Big House, he is wrongly accused of another inmate's murder. Luckily, he crosses paths with newly incarcerated Nate (Timothy Hutton), who rallies Hardison (Aldis) and the rest the team to assist.
"I just felt it was a great opportunity to share the screen with my brother and show the difference in our talents," Edwin tells TVGuide.com. "As siblings in the entertainment business, it's always a great experience, and one I think all siblings should share."
Edwin, who starred in Boston Public and most in recently Fox's Mental, has also appeared on Bones, Heroes, and Ghost Whisperer . He'll also appear on the big screen this summer in the remake of Red Dawn.
Although the brothers don't interact directly in the episode, Aldis says he was happy the producers gave his brother a shot. He also said the new season requires all the show's actors to step up their game.
"The dynamic has stepped up a level," Aldis says. "We're not playing it safe anymore. We're getting more dangerous, and everyone is coming into the whole experience a little differently. We're stepping outside the box a little."
Both brothers deny any sibling rivalry. "We're very different," Edwin says. "He's much funnier than I am. I tend to aim more toward the dramatic side of the business. So hopefully, I can just match up to what he does. It's a healthy battle."
"We came up in this business together, and the beginning of our career was all together," Aldis adds. "We'd go on sets together and we learned together. At the end of the day, we've always got each other's back, because that's our priority."
Leverage returns with new episodes this summer.