Rachel Bilson needn’t worry about leaving Nashville behind, because she’s bagged herself a new starring role already.
That role comes courtesy of Castle creators Terri Edda Miller and Andrew W Marlowe, who are basically just making Castle again. Not that we’re complaining.
The upcoming series will be called Take Two, according to Vulture, and will star Bilson as a former actress who played a police officer, and who then ends up working with a real private investigator.
Castle, for those who didn’t catch it, followed the partnership of Richard Castle the mystery novelist and Beckett the police detective. See the similarities?
The news of Rachel’s latest TV project follows the whispers that she’s leaving country music drama Nashville after appearing in the series for just one season.
Bilson had a recurring role in the show as Alyssa Greene, who had a fun ‘will they/won’t they’ thing with Deacon Claybourne.
Despite sharing a kiss during the season five finale, if the rumours are true then we guess no, they won’t be getting together after all.
Meanwhile, the original star of Castle, Stana Katic, has signed on for Amazon’s latest original series Absentia, a gritty murder mystery about an FBI agent caught up in a serial killer case.
Rachel Bilson has moved on from her recent split from longtime boyfriend Hayden Christensen with the multimillion-dollar, over-asking-price purchase of a carefully maintained and mostly original mid-century modern residence in the ruggedly ritzy hills above the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The $3.25 million sale price was notably above the just shy of $3 million asking price. Sequestered down a discreet, private lane in one of Pasadena’s wealthiest and most coveted neighborhoods, the almost 3,700-square-foot house was designed by master architect Gregory Ain and custom built in 1950 for Walter W. Ralphs Jr., scion of of the Ralphs grocery store chain.
Sprawling across a flat promontory of just under an acre, the retro-chic residence boasts a lattice-accented courtyard entry, six bedrooms, four bathrooms and scads of quirky original built-ins. The light-filled combination living and dining room features refinished parquet wood floors, a fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and smooth-paneled walls that cleverly conceal a stereo system and wet bar. The eat-in, galley-style kitchen has been renovated in a manner that integrates up-to-date appliances and preserves the original cabinetry. The house was designated a local landmark in 2014, and the gardens, originally conceived by acclaimed landscape architect Garrett Eckbo, include an abstract-shaped swimming pool surrounded by flagstone terracing, mature landscaping shaded by old-growth trees, a rolling lawn crossed by a dry rock stream, and a deck cantilevered out over the hillside with panoramic mountain and city lights views.
Bilson, who popped up on “Nashville” this year after her series “Hart of Dixie” was canceled a couple of years ago, and Christensen, Canadian-born star of the “Star Wars” franchise, previously shared a custom-renovated and stylishly decorated four-bedroom and four-and-a-half bathroom ranch-style residence in the hills above Sherman Oaks, Calif., purchased in late 2012 for a bit less than $2.7 million. The property was sold earlier this year in an off-market deal to Lucky Brand clothing label co-founder Barry Perlman for $3.8 million.
Photos: Sotheby’s International Realty