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Katherine Heigl joins Suits

Katherine Hiegl in The Ugly Truth

Story by Jack Foley

FORMER Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl is to become a series regular for Suits.

The actress will line up among the sharp-suited legal ensemble for its recently announced eighth season.

Heigl will star opposite Gabriel Macht as Samantha Wheeler, who is described as a talented new partner at Pearson Specter Litt. Her character will challenge the status quo and will either become the firm’s greatest ally or most powerful enemy.

Other cast members include Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman and Dule Hill, who was promoted this week to regular after recurring in the current seventh cycle.

Commenting on her role, Heigl said: “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.

“I have watched Suits from the very beginning and feel incredibly lucky to be the newest member of the Pearson Specter Litt family.”

Creator Aaron Korsh, who also serves as showrunner, commented: “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.

“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’s addition comes as Suits will say farewell to stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle in April’s season seven finale.