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The Resident - Merrin Dungey Joins Cast as Series Regular

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Merrin Dungey (Big Little Lies) has been tapped as a new series regular on the upcoming Fox medical drama series The Resident. She will play the hospital’s tough and pragmatic CEO Claire Thorpe.

That was the role Tyrant star Moran Atias was tapped for last month in a recasting (it was played in the pilot by Valerie Cruz). Instead, the producers opted to go with Atias for a new series regular character that will be introduced after the pilot, with Dungey cast as Claire.

“We were struggling to find the right actress to play our savvy, elegant head of marketing at Chastain Park Memorial and realized the perfect fit was Moran Atias. The problem was we had just cast her as the CEO of the hospital. So after a creative conversation with Moran, she was just as excited about this new role as we were,” said The Resident executive producer/showrunner Todd Harthan. “Merrin Dungey will play hospital CEO Claire Thorpe, a tough, pragmatic businesswoman, not a physician, solely focused on the financial health of the hospital she oversees. She plays a reimagined version of the character played in the pilot by Valerie Cruz.”

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