Exclusive: 'Dexter' wooing Julia Stiles

julia-stilesImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR Photos; David Studarus/ShowtimeThis just in: I’ve got another killer Dexter scoop! (Let me know when that play on words starts to get old. Better yet, don’t.)

Sources confirm to me exclusively that Julia Stiles is in advanced talks to play a major, top secret role in the show’s upcoming fifth season.

What role, you ask? No idea. But based on what new showrunner Chip Johannessen told me a few weeks back, it’s safe to say Stiles won’t be following in the footsteps of last season’s very scary guest star, John Lithgow.

“We’re not going to have a single Big Bad this season,” revealed Johannessen. “We don’t want to try and top John Lithgow, so we’re going to change up the forces that Dexter’s going to be dealing with.”

Given that the new season picks up immediately following the death of Rita, it’s also unlikely Stiles will be coming in as a love interest for Michael C. Hall’s grieving widower. Maybe she’s playing Rita’s long-lost sister. Or her cousin once removed. The only thing I know for sure is that the Dexter gig would mark Stiles’ first major foray into series television. Smart first step, if you ask me.

Thoughts? Theories? Hit the comments!

Related: Dexter resurrects Julie Benz!

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  • Steph

    julia stiles is awesome! i’m sure she’ll be great in whatever role they give her :).

  • Steph

    julia stiles is awesome! i’m sure she’ll be great in whatever role they give her :).

    • Almarose

      I agree with you 100%! Can’t wait for the show to begin, I love Dexter!!!

  • J

    Grief counselor, maybe?

    • bry

      i like that idea

    • will

      that sounds the most plausible…I also heard that Dexter is going to be a suspect in Rita’s death…because usually the spouse is the most likely…anyway Julia could play his lawyer or a detective…just thoughts

  • J

    Grief counselor, maybe?

    • bry

      i like that idea

    • will

      that sounds the most plausible…I also heard that Dexter is going to be a suspect in Rita’s death…because usually the spouse is the most likely…anyway Julia could play his lawyer or a detective…just thoughts

    • klw

      excellent idea or maybe she’s the one investigating Rita’s murder since cops dont like people who are close to the suspect or victim to get involved.

  • Kat

    rita’s possible sister? or some other relative from rita’s side that we haven’t meet?

    • e.ray

      NO! THAT WOULD BE STUPID.I THINK IT SHOULD BE A DREAM.I THINK THEY SHOULD SHOW THE LAST PART AGAIN NEXT SEASON AND HAVE DEXTER PASSED OUT AND THEN WAKENS FROM THE DREAM.SHE NEEDS TO STILL BE ALIVE FOR THE SHOW TO WORK.

      • Rilar

        The show wasn’t really meant for people with IQs below 50. Quit yelling and go outside for a while. When you come back in, slap in some Gilligan’s Island DVDs. They’re a bit more your speed.

      • Almarose

        ha ha ha ha!! that was a good one Rilar, isn’t the the truth :)

  • Kat

    rita’s possible sister? or some other relative from rita’s side that we haven’t meet?

  • Brigid

    Maybe she investigates Rita’s murder?

  • Brigid

    Maybe she investigates Rita’s murder?

  • Brandon

    Maybe she’s cop or FBI looking into Dexter. Early spoilers have mentioned that he would be a suspect in her death.

  • Brandon

    Maybe she’s cop or FBI looking into Dexter. Early spoilers have mentioned that he would be a suspect in her death.

  • Catalina

    Correction. Julia played MadMax on PBS’s amazing children’s 90s series – Ghostwriter. <— Embarrassed to have known that.

    I could definitely see Julia playing a relative of Rita's. Can't wait till the shows return!

    • Jed

      How right you are. Loved that show as a kid. And it’s out on DVD in June… Embarrassed I will be purchasing it.

    • james

      Yes ghostwriter!! Watched this show like every week. Slime anyone?????

    • Bob

      yes she was on that but wouldn’t you consider this to be her first “major” foray like Ausiello said?

    • Jeannette

      I loved that show. I was in love with that Todd Alexander kid. I am totally ashamed I remembered his name.

      As for Julia…maybe a social services worker who is there to make sure that Dex is a good parent? I dunno!

  • Catalina

    Correction. Julia played MadMax on PBS’s amazing children’s 90s series – Ghostwriter. <— Embarrassed to have known that.

    I could definitely see Julia playing a relative of Rita's. Can't wait till the shows return!

    • james

      Yes ghostwriter!! Watched this show like every week. Slime anyone?????

    • Bob

      yes she was on that but wouldn’t you consider this to be her first “major” foray like Ausiello said?

    • Alicia-Marie

      HAHA! I LOVED that show! Sad to say I did not remember that though. Glad to hear it’s coming out on dvd so I can re-watch and re-enjoy.

    • orpheneritus

      You just launched me back 15 years. I loved ghost writer!

  • Natalie

    Has to be one of the best casting choices ever. period.

    • Celia

      I agree. Based on her performance in the Bourne trilogy, I’m actually kind of excited about this.
      It would be awesome if she played a female serial killer.

  • Natalie

    Has to be one of the best casting choices ever. period.

    • Celia

      I agree. Based on her performance in the Bourne trilogy, I’m actually kind of excited about this.
      It would be awesome if she played a female serial killer.

  • ggny

    Finally Julia Stiles is gonna make a come back…Its been to long

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