Big Little Lies actress Merrin Dungey will join the upcoming Fox medical drama series The Resident as a new series regular.  She will play the hospital’s tough and pragmatic CEO Claire Thorpe.  In addition to Atias  joins The Resident cast members Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood, Emily VanCamp and Shaunette Wilson.

The role was played by Valerie Cruz in the pilot and Moran Atias was tapped for the role last month.  In a recasting, the producers decided that Atias would be introduced in the series in a different role after the pilot, and Dungey was then 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.”

The Resident revolves around a tough, brilliant senior resident who guides an idealistic young doctor through his first day, pulling back the curtain on what really happens, both good and bad, in modern-day medicine.

Dungey is known for her roles on the television series The King of Queens, Alias, and Summerland.  She also appeared as Ursula on the ABC series Once Upon a Time, and was recently seen on the HBO Emmy-winning limited series Big Little Lies.  

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