Sons of Anarchy has already had a lot of interesting cast additions heading into its final season, from Courtney Love to Marilyn Manson, but the show’s newest addition may be its most unexpected guest star yet. Glee‘s Lea Michele just announced via Instagram that she will be guest starring on the biker drama during its seventh and final season, which kicks off on September 9th on FX.
“First day today working on @SonsofAnarchy! I’m so excited! #SOAFX,” Michele wrote in the post. Michele will reportedly play Gertie, “an empathetic truck stop waitress and single mother who connects with Gemma (Katey Sagal) during a difficult time.” Michele is set to guest star in the sixth episode of Sons of Anarchy‘s final season, which is scheduled to air on October 14.
This is Lea Michele’s first big non-Glee television role. While the actress has been in films like New Year’s Eve or done voice acting work on series like The Simpsons and The Cleveland show, her appearance on Sons of Anarchy will be her television departure from her Glee character of Rachel Berry.
While this casting news is certainly surprising, especially considering just how different Glee and Sons of Anarchy are as shows, the series do share one major connection. Emmy-nominated director, Paris Barclay, is a main director for both series and was even on the TCA panel last week for Sons of Anarchy. While this is purely speculation, perhaps Barclay had something to do with Michele’s casting, maybe introducing her to Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter, or another one the show’s writers.
It will definitely be interesting to see how the Glee actress does in a more serious drama compared to her performance in the comedy-musical. This may be the first of many different roles that Lea Michele takes on after Glee finishes its run this coming year.
Glee‘s final season, which will consist of 13 episodes, is set to air sometime in 2015 on Fox.
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