Natalie Abrams
September 13, 2017 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Chad Lowe will be pulling double duty on Supergirl this season. EW has learned exclusively that Lowe will guest star in the third season’s forth episode, and also direct a separate hour.

The Emmy-winning actor, who most recently starred on Pretty Little Liars, will appear in the episode aptly titled “The Faithful.” He’ll play Thomas Coville, a charismatic religious leader with a surprising connection to Supergirl — his cult basically worships the Girl of Steel. He’s a deeply spiritual man, committed to preaching his faith and transforming his followers’ lives.

Lowe — who has previously directed episodes of PLL, Bones and Brothers & Sisters — will helm the seventh episode, which is titled “Wake Up.”

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Lowe joins other new faces coming in season 3, including Odette Annable as Reign, Adrian Pasdar as Morgan Edge, Carl Lumbly as M’yrnn J’onzz, Yael Grobglas as Psi, Emma Tremblay as Ruby, and Olivia Nikkanen and Izabela Vidovic in the recasting of young Alex and young Kara Danvers, respectively. Erica Durance also joins the cast in a recast of Laura Benanti as Kara’s mother Alura.

Supergirl returns Monday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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