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With Fox's The Following on hiatus, Natalie Zea is headed Under the Dome this summer — and perhaps beyond. Zea, who plays The Following's Claire Matthews, has been cast in a continuing role in the CBS summer series, which premieres June 24. Just how "continuing" her role is I imagine will depend on Claire's fate.

"Once you're stuck under the dome, casting is fairly limited because people can't get in, but that doesn't mean there might not be somebody hiding out," says executive producer Neal Baer. "We've cast the beautiful Natalie Zea as a woman who makes an alarming appearance in a few episodes beginning in Episode 9. She plays Maxine, and if you think [the show's big baddie] Jim Rennie (Dean Norris) is trouble, you haven't seen trouble yet. And she'll be connected to a number of our characters."

Baer first became aware of Zea in the 2010 Will Ferrell comedy The Other Guys and caught some of her diverse television work on Justified, Californication and Dirty Sexy Money. "She can play both tough and sexy, which are a unique set of requirements," raves Baer. Sounds like Zea will also once again be playing dirty!

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