'Dexter' Books Paralympian Katy Sullivan for Showtime Revival (Exclusive)

Katy Sullivan
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Showtime's Dexter revival is adding a Paralympian to its cast.

Former U.S. champion and actress Katy Sullivan has booked a recurring role on Dexter's forthcoming update starring Michael C. Hall.

The 10-episode revival is set 10 years after Dexter Morgan (Hall) went missing in the eye of Hurricane Laura. The character is now living under an assumed name in Upstate New York — far from his original home in Miami.

Sullivan will recur as Esther, the dispatcher at the Iron Lake Police Station.

As an athlete, Sullivan was among the first bilateral above-the-knee amputees to compete in the Paralympics in ambulatory track when she ran the 100 meters at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. There, she set a new U.S. record and finished sixth in the world. A four-time U.S. champion in the 100, Sullivan was an analyst for NBC during the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil.

As an actress, Sullivan's credits include Station 19, NCIS: New Orleans, My Name Is Earl, Legit and Last Man Standing. Onstage, she originated the role of Ani in the 2018 Pulitzer winner Cost of Living. She's repped by Stewart Talent, Shelter Entertainment and Del Shaw. 

Sullivan joins a recurring cast that also includes Jamie Chung, Oscar Wahlberg and Michael Cyril Creighton in the Dexter update. Hall reprises his role as the serial killer with a conscience and leads the Dexter revival cast that also includes Clancy Brown as the primary villain, Julia Jones as the town's chief of police, Alano Miller as a sergeant/high school wrestling coach, Johnny Sequoyah as the chief's daughter and Jack Alcott as Randall, someone with whom Dexter has a meaningful encounter.

In addition to Hall and original showrunner Clyde Phillips, exec producers also include John Goldwyn, Sara Colleton, Bill Carraro, Scott Reynolds and Marcos Siega, the latter of whom will direct six of the 10 episodes.

The Dexter revival will be again run by Phillips and is technically considered a closed-ended revival, though it does continue the original series. Dexter, which Phillips left halfway through its run, ended in 2013 with Hall's Dexter Morgan going on self-imposed exile as a lumberjack in Oregon and living a solitary life.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter's TV's Top 5 podcast, Phillips said, "We basically do get to start from scratch. … Ten years, or however many years, have passed by the time this will air, and the show will reflect that time passage. So far as the ending of the show, this will have no resemblance to how the original finale was. It’s a great opportunity to write a second finale."

Phillips noted the revival would offer an opportunity to make things right with viewers after the critically panned series finale. "We’re not undoing anything," he said. “We’re not going to betray the audience and say, ‘Whoops, that was all a dream.’ What happened in the first eight years, happened in the first eight years.”

For his part, Hall recently told The Daily Beast that he found Phillips' pitch for the revival intriguing after the original series finale. "[L]et's be real: people found the way that show left things pretty unsatisfying, and there's always been a hope that a story would emerge that would be worth telling. I include myself in the group of people that wondered, 'What the hell happened to that guy?' So I'm excited to step back into it. I've never had that experience of playing a character this many years on," he said. 

The Dexter update is expected to air this fall on Showtime.