If you’re a huge fan of FX’s Justified, you might not want to read this post.
I don’t know that the below casting scoop suggests a big spoiler, but it might. So if you want to be totally cautious, stop now.
Justified star Natalie Zea has landed a series regular role in Kevin Williamson’s untitled buzzworthy Fox pilot.
She’ll play Claire Matthews, the ex-wife of serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) who finds herself in the middle of a nightmare when he escapes from prison. Kevin Bacon is also in the cast as an FBI agent hunting Carroll in the Warner Bros. TV drama, about a serial killer who uses technology to create a murderous cult.
What does this mean for Zea’s role on Justified, where she plays Winona Hawkins? Maybe nothing. Sometimes actors work two shows, but not often. One compromise option is sometimes a character will downshift from series regular to a recurring character. Frankly, as a Justified fan myself, I rather not know. This issue came up earlier this pilot season when a certain Walking Dead actor landed a role in Frank Darabont’s new project, causing rampant online speculation that this person’s character would get killed off.