Rachel Bilson and Kaitlin Doubleday Join ‘Nashville’

Nashville is adding a few new faces in a arise of star Connie Britton‘s new exit.

Rachel Bilson and Kaitlin Doubleday have sealed on for roles in a nation song drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

No impression descriptions were supposing for a characters, though both actresses forsaken hints about their characters when announcing their roles on amicable media Thursday following a CMT series’ midseason finale. (Bilson’s Instagram photo showed a print of Highway 65, a tag shaped by Britton’s character, while Doubleday’s was an picture of a iconic Bluebird Cafe.) It’s also different how large their roles will be when a play earnings after this year.

“We acquire Rachel and Kaitlin into a impossibly gifted ensemble,” array co-showrunner Marshall Herskovitz said. “We fondly expect a second half of a deteriorate filled with startling twists and turns that make Nashville so dear by a fans.”

The news comes dual weeks after Britton was killed off a array when her character, Rayna James, succumbed to injuries from a automobile accident. A star and writer on a array given a 2012 premiere, Britton’s destiny had been in doubt given Aug 2016, when it was suggested she was eyeing a reduced effort for deteriorate five. She eventually seemed in only 10 episodes of what will be a 22-episode season.

For Bilson, a purpose brings her behind to TV following a four-season army on The CW’s Hart of Dixie. Nashville also reunites a thespian with her former O.C. co-star Chris Carmack, who has played nation thespian Will Lexington given deteriorate one. Bilson, whose other credits embody How we Met Your Mother and Chuck, is repped by CAA and Morris Yorn.

Doubleday’s Nashville stint follows her breakthrough purpose in Empire. A array unchanging for seasons one and two, Doubleday’s impression was killed off in a deteriorate 3 premiere, however she continued to seem in a repeated ability in successive episodes. Doubleday’s other credits embody Accepted and Catch Me If You Can. She is repped by Paradigm and MPG Management.

The exit of Britton, and additions of Bilson and Doubleday, are only a latest expel changes on a Lionsgate and ABC Studios co-production underneath new deteriorate five showrunners Herskovitz and Ed Zwick. Series regulars Will Chase and Aubrey Peeples left a series, and several repeated guest came onboard, including DC Legends of Tomorrow grad Joseph David-Jones, Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens and Cameron Scoggins, among others.

Herskovitz told THR in Dec that he and Zwick that they wanted “more diversity” in deteriorate five. “We’ve indeed stretched a expel is a truth, though we’ve finished it in such a approach so that a characters are in attribute to other characters,” he said. “So it’s perplexing to confederate all these characters together in ways that we can tell their stories together.”

Discussing a second half of deteriorate five, Herskovitz told THR there will be a time burst onscreen identical to a length of a show’s hiatus. “Certainly everybody is still traffic with Rayna’s genocide — that doesn’t only go away. For some of a characters, that’s a large partial of a storyline, though a other characters are relocating on with their lives and perplexing to figure it out,” he said. “They’re traffic with success and disaster and all of a vicissitudes of life in a song business and in a city like Nashville where there’s so most artistic appetite and artistic connectors between people.”

Watch a trailer for a second half of Nashville’s fifth deteriorate here: