The premiere for the fifth and final season of Chuck may have been bumped back a week but that hasn’t stopped the guest star news from flowing. One big piece of casting news that has been expected was who would get the role of Sarah’s (Yvonne Strahovski) mother; particularly as Chuck’s (Zachary Levi) is played by cult and sci-fi heroine Linda Hamilton. In true Chuck tradition they have scored a similarly impressive actress with former Charlie’s Angels star Cheryl Ladd.
As first reported by TVLine Ladd will first appear as Sarah’s estranged mother Emma in episode 8, which should air in January 2012. As with all the paternal relationships in this show, this looks like it will be a complicated and strained one thanks to her abandonment of Sarah when she was young. The pair haven’t seen each other in five years and it is unclear as to what kind of background Sarah’s mother will have, though I think we can expect a shady element. Sarah has been reluctant to open up about her past and I’m sure that this will be further explored and explained when Ladd appears. Also with Sarah’s mother making an appearance does that mean that we will be getting some more Gary Cole screen time as Sarah’s father? Hopefully this will be a yes.
Cheryl Ladd is not the only big guest star from a cult background that has been cast and the role call for season 5 includes; Carrie-Anne Moss, Mark Hamill, Rebecca Romijn, Jeff Fahey, Eric Lange, Danny Pudi and Justin Lange. I’m sure that there will be more names added to this list as the season progresses. Who would you like see added to the list? Are there any previous guest stars that you would like to see return? What are your thoughts on this piece of big casting news? Let us know in the comments.
For a sneak peek at the new season check out the promo below.
Chuck returns for the fifth and final series Friday, October 28 on NBC.