Been a chatter for some time, the casting of Julia Stiles on "Dexter" has just been officially confirmed by Showtime. In a press release, the cable said Stiles will appear in ten episodes in the upcoming fifth season.
Showtime however did not clearly state the actress' role, only writing she "will play a mysterious young woman who forms a unique relationship with Dexter in the wake of the death of his wife". If one recalls, Julie Benz's Rita was dead in the hand of Trinity killer while her young son was lying in her pool of blood.
Showrunner Chip Johannessen told EW a few weeks ago that they won't follow the pattern of last season. "We're not going to have a single Big Bad this season," he said. "We don't want to try and top John Lithgow, so we're going to change up the forces that Dexter's going to be dealing with."
Production on season five begins this month and will premiere in the Fall. Benz is also scheduled to make a comeback in a way which Showtime is still keeping a secret. "The presence of Rita Bennett will help him deal with his newfound feelings of loss and grief - emotions he has never really felt before," the press release said.