There will be a major shake-up in the ABC series Castle’s cast. Co-lead Stana Katic, who plays Captain Kate Beckett, will not be back for season nine. The general consensus is that the move is being made for financial reasons. Katic and ABC deflected comment about contract issues and issued upbeat statements. “Rather than distract from what was an amazing experience, I would just like to say that I’m very grateful to ABC for giving me the opportunity to be a part of a much beloved show. Thank you to the fans,” said Katic.

Stana Katic Leaving ‘Castle’

In addition to Katic departing, her co-star Tamala Jones will also not be returning for season nine. ABC released a statement about two of their stars leaving. “Kate Beckett has been a beloved character on our hit series ‘Castle’ for the past eight years. We are grateful for Stana Katic’s talent and dedication to the series and we hope to continue our relationship. Tamala Jones has also been an integral part of the series and we are grateful she was a part of ‘Castle’.”

Nathan Fillon, who plays Beckett’s husband, is expected to be back if season nine is shorter than 13 episodes. If all three actors walk, there will most likely be an overhaul of the cast.