LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)- "Hustle & Flow" co-star
Taraji P. Henson is joining the cast of David E. Kelley's legal
comedy-drama "Boston Legal" as a regular.
Additionally, former regulars Mark Valley and Rene
Auberjonois will return for multiple episodes on the ABC
series' upcoming fourth season.
Saffron Burrows and Gail O'Grady also will appear in
multiple episodes of the drama, which is undergoing a major
cast overhaul this summer.
Last month, the options on four regulars -- Valley,
Auberjonois, Julie Bowen and Constance Zimmer -- were not
picked up. Emmy winner John Larroquette and Tara Summers joined
the show as regulars, while recurring player Christian
Clemenson was upped to a regular.
Larroquette will play Carl Sack, a senior partner from the
New York offices of Crane Poole & Schmidt who transfers to
Boston. Henson will portray a high-powered corporate litigator
out of the New York office whom Sack brings in to help wrestle
more political sovereignty within the firm. The character will
be introduced later in the season.
Burrows will play a sexy, sophisticated commercial
litigator who once had a passionate affair with Alan Shore
(James Spader), the chemistry of which still lingers and
O'Grady, who appeared on several episodes this year, will
reprise her role as Judge Gloria Weldon, who is in a heated
relationship with Shore.
Auberjonois will return as CP&S senior partner Paul
Lewiston and Valley as attorney Brad Chase, who will go up
against one of the firm's lawyers in court.
The show also stars Candice Bergen and William Shatner.
Henson next stars opposite Don Cheadle in "Talk to Me."
Burrows recently appeared in the feature "Reign Over Me."