Chuck star Zachary Levi is stepping behind the camera once again as he will be directing an episode of the fifth and final season of the spy show. We also have details of Yvonne Strahovski’s (Sarah) Maxim cover shoot for the October issue that is sure to get some attention for Chuck’s final push.
This is not Levi’s first time pulling double duty on the NBC show as he has directed two episodes in the past; “Chuck vs the Beard” (season 3, episode 9) and “Chuck vs the Leftovers” (season 4, episode 10). An NBC spokesperson confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Levi will be directing the fifth episode of season 5 and whilst the episode details are light, we do know a couple of very exciting things.
Firstly it will be one of the episodes where spy rival and possible John Casey (Adam Baldwin) love interest Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix) will appear as Gertrude Verbanski. Verbanski runs a company that is very similar to Chuck’s own private spy organisation, so the two will be vying for similar assignments that will be made complicated by Verbanski’s past with Casey. The other guest star of this episode will be Community’s Danny Pudi who will have something to do with Lester (Vik Sahay). The details of Pudi’s cameo are pretty vague and it appears as if they have been filed as ‘Top Secret.’ The episode begins shooting next week and should air mid-November.
In other Chuck related news Yvonne Strahovski covers the latest issue of Maxim magazine and discusses the final season of the show. Strahovski explains that because Chuck and Sarah are now married “there’s a whole new dynamic between them.” Hopefully this means that there will be a lot less insecurity between the pair in regards to their relationship this season. Could the possibility of expanding their family also be on the horizon? Strahovski is clearly very grateful to the Chuck fans that have watched and fought for the show to stay on air saying:
“I can’t believe we made it this far. We’ve been on the bubble ever since we started, but our fans have really pushed for us to stay on-air. It’s nice to know that we’re working toward a real ending that isn’t like, ‘Uh, maybe we’re coming back?””
You can head to the Maxim site to read the full interview where Strahovski also discusses her new film Killer Elite (that also stars Robert De Niro and Jason Statham). The site also features a slideshow of images (see above for an example) and there is a behind the scenes video of the photo shoot which reveals a risqué fact about the shooting location.
Chuck returns Friday, October 21 for its fifth and final season on NBC.