Brooke Shields Joins ‘Army Wives’

Brooke Shields will have a recurring role in the upcoming season of Lifetime’s drama series Army Wives.

According to Deadline, Shields will play Air Force Colonel Katherine “Kat” Young, a C-17 pilot. Young gets a new assignment at Fort Marshall and quickly clashes with Army General Michael Holden (Brian McNamara). After their initial dislike, Holden learns about Young’s past and discovers they are a lot more alike than he thought.

Also joining Army Wives next season is singer-actor Jesse McCartney, who will have an 11-episode recurring arc. There will also be three new series regulars: Broadway alumna Elle McLemore, singer Ashanti, and The Vampire Diaries‘ Torrey DeVitto.

Army Wives was renewed for a seventh season in September 2012, but the new season will be premiering without star Kim Delaney. Delaney, who plays Claudia Joy Holden, will be killed off in the season premiere, essentially rebooting the series.

Executive producer Jeff Melvoin said in November:

“The first two [episodes] will be very emotional, and it will confirm that Claudia Joy is no longer among the living. It’s been very wrenching for us to write, and I think it will be very wrenching for the audience to go through. Kim and Claudia Joy have been the rock upon which we based the show. But we [have to] continue to move forward and keep the show fresh and unpredictable.”

Sally Pressman (Roxy LeBlanc) and Sterling K. Brown (Roland Burton) will be appearing as recurring characters as opposed to season regulars.

The seventh season of Army Wives will premiere March 10 at 9 pm on Lifetime.

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