Katherine Heigl is set to be the newest cast member on USA Network’s legal drama Suits.

Heigl has signed on for the show’s eighth season, following the departure of two of the main actors, Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle. She is well-known for her Emmy-winning co-star role on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy.

Heigl will be playing Samantha Wheeler, who is a new partner at Pearson Specter Litt who will either become the firm’s greatest ally, or most powerful enemy.

Suitcreator Aaron Korsh has eagerly shared his excitement for Heigl joining the cast. “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,” he said during the show’s renewal announcement. “I cannot wait to have her come play with our entire cast and crew.”

Korsh hints how Heigl’s character will change the dynamic of the current characters. “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 has also mentioned her excitement about joining the show on her Instagram. She said, “I’m kinda a creepy fan girl…I hope I don’t make it weird on set…”

I JUST GOT LITT UP!!! For anyone who doesn’t know what that means… start binging #Suits ASAP!! I could not be more excited to be joining the cast and crew of one of my all time favorite shows!! I’m kinda a creepy fan girl…I hope I don’t make it weird on set…😏😳Anywhoo, it’s going to be SOOOOO MUUUCCHHH FUUUNNNN! Plus I get to team back up with one of my all time favorite actors and people Mr. @dulehill I mean could life get any better??!! Oh annndddd, this show turns actresses into princesses! Neat! So keep an eye out for my royal wedding announcement next year. Just kidding! I already married my prince @joshbkelley ! Big big thank you to @suits_usa and everyone involved for giving me the opportunity to come play! And sorry in advance if sh#*t gets weird🤓 https://www.deadline.com/2018/01/katherine-heigl-star-suits-season-8-usa-network-1202275500

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Aside from adding Heigl and the departure of Adams and Markle from the show, Dulé Hill will also become a series regular after being a recurring character on season seven.

Suits will start filming season eight in April and will have its season premiere later in the year.

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