June 12, 2012 10:04am PT by Lacey Rose, Lesley Goldberg
'Dexter' Adds 'Chuck' Star Yvonne Strahovski for Season 7
Chuck star Yvonne Strahovski has found her next gig, and it's a killer.
The actress has been tapped for a multiepisode arc on Showtime's Dexter, the network said Tuesday.
She'll play Hannah McKay, a strong, independent woman with a past that she has struggled to put behind her on the Michael C. Hall-Jennifer Carpenter serial-killer drama. As Miami Metro reopens old cases, the department turns to her for assistance as Hall's Dexter Morgan begins to wonder if there's more to Hannah than what she reveals.
Katia Winter will play a Russian stripper who works at a Miami club and joins Season 7 newbies Jason Gedrick, who will play the manager of the same Miami strip club, and Ray Stevenson, who has been cast as the leader of a Russian organized crime syndicate.
Previous A-list guest stars with season-long arcs have included Jimmy Smits, John Lithgow (who took home the Emmy for his turn) and Julia Stiles.
Showtime renewed Dexter for two additional seasons, which likely will bring the series to its end. On Monday, Showtime moved forward with its two drama pilots, Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex, ordering both to series. The projects, starring Liev Schreiber and Michael Sheen, respectively, represent a continued push on the part of entertainment president David Nevins for big, flashy and culturally relevant fare.
Strahovski, who is set to appear in I, Frankenstein and Dan Fogelman's The Guilt Trip, starred as Sarah Walker in all five seasons of NBC's Chuck, whose series finale aired Jan. 27. The actress is repped by IFA Talent Agency and McKeon-Myones Management.
Dexter returns at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, on Showtime.