Rachel Bilson and Kaitlin Doubleday Join ‘Nashville’

The actresses will make their debut in the second half of season five.
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Nashville is adding a few new faces in the wake of star Connie Britton‘s recent exit.

Rachel Bilson and Kaitlin Doubleday have signed on for roles in the country music drama, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

No character descriptions were provided for the characters, but both actresses dropped hints about their characters when announcing their roles on social media Thursday following the CMT series’ midseason finale. (Bilson’s Instagram photo showed a photo of Highway 65, the label formed by Britton’s character, while Doubleday’s was an image of the iconic Bluebird Cafe.) It’s also unknown how big their roles will be when the drama returns later this year.

“We welcome Rachel and Kaitlin into our incredibly talented ensemble,” series co-showrunner Marshall Herskovitz said. “We fondly anticipate the second half of the season filled with surprising twists and turns that make Nashville so beloved by the fans.”

The news comes two weeks after Britton was killed off the series when her character, Rayna James, succumbed to injuries from a car accident. A star and producer on the series since its 2012 premiere, Britton’s future had been in question since August 2016, when it was revealed she was eyeing a reduced workload for season five. She ultimately appeared in just 10 episodes of what will be a 22-episode season.