Katherine Heigl Joins ‘Suits’ Season 8, Filling The Void Left By Meghan Markle

A day after USA Network officially announced Suits would continue, despite saying goodbye to Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle, comes word of new blood. Katherine Heigl has joined the long-running drama for its eighth season. The 39-year-old actress will play Samantha Wheeler, a talented new partner at Pearson Specter Litt who challenges the status quo and will either become the firm’s greatest ally or most powerful enemy.

“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,” said series creator and executive producer Aaron Korsh. “I cannot wait to have her come play with our entire cast and crew. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Harvey [Gabriel Macht], Louis [Rick Hoffman], Donna [Sarah Rafferty] and Alex [Dulé Hill] 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.”

This isn’t Heigl’s first foray in the legal genre. She briefly starred in the CBS legal drama Doubt, co-starring Laverne Cox.

Returning for Season 8 of Suits are Gabriel Macht, Sarah Rafferty, Rick Hoffman and new series regular Dulé Hill.

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

Suits returns to USA Network on March 28 for the second half of Season 7. It’s your last chance to see Markle before she retires from acting to marry Prince Harry. Do you think Heigl is a good fit? Weigh in below.