With the series-jolting loss of stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle, Suits has to something to equally as exciting to replace them.
They've made their move by engaging Katherine Heigl as the newest lead for Suits Season 8.
That's right, Suits is moving away from the male buddy dynamic built around Adam's Mike Ross and Gabriel Macht's Harvey Specter and giving it a go with a male/female driven show.
Heigl will star opposite Macht as Samantha Wheeler – a talented new partner at Pearson Specter Litt who challenges the status quo and will either become the firm’s greatest ally … or most powerful enemy.
Heigl joins the Suits ensemble alongside Macht, Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen), Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt) and new series regular Dulé Hill (Alex Williams). Season 8 begins production this April in Toronto.
“Joining Suits was the perfect organic way to not only collaborate with an EP I admire deeply but to also become part of a show and cast that I am an immense fan of,” shared Katherine Heigl.
“I have watched Suits from the very beginning and feel incredibly lucky to be the newest member of the Pearson Specter Litt family.”
“On behalf of the entire Suits team, I am extraordinarily excited to welcome Katherine Heigl into our family – I have always been a big fan of her work and was delighted to discover she was an avid Suits fan herself,” expressed Aaron Korsh, creator and executive producer of Suits.
“I cannot wait to have her come play with our entire cast and crew. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Harvey, Louis, Donna and Alex as the mysterious Samantha Wheeler is a direct threat to their status quo.
"One thing is for sure – Samantha's wit, charm, loyalty, strength, and vulnerability will all be put to the test as she muscles her way into the firm currently known as Pearson Specter Litt.”
Heigl is an Emmy Award-winning and two-time Golden Globe-nominated actress, as well as a producer.
She is best known for starring in the feature films 27 Dresses, Knocked Up and The Ugly Truth, which she also executive produced, as well as for her work on ABC’s critically acclaimed drama Grey’s Anatomy.
Whether you love her or not, you have to admit this character will definitely shake things up on Suits!
We need to hear your thoughts on this NOW.
What do you think having a new, powerful female partner at the firm will do to Donna? Are we in for yet another round of Louis falls in love?
Are you excited about the change and will you trust in Aaron Korsh and the Suits team to know what they're doing, or are you going to let past prejudices rule your world before giving Samantha Wheeler a chance?
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