Dexter Season 9 Casts Jamie Chung As A True-Crime Podcaster

Jamie Chung has joined the cast of Dexter season 9, the upcoming limited revival of the original Showtime series. Launching in 2006, Dexter quickly grew to become the most popular series on its network, winning several accolades and drawing record viewership. The show ran for eight seasons until 2014, and throughout its run, it received particular critical praise for Michael C. Hall’s portrayal of the titular forensic technician who moonlighted as a serial killer. Although Dexter was well-received during its first four seasons, it spiraled down in quality after 2010, before ending with what is considered to be the most controversial TV-finale of all time. In the last episode, Hall’s Dexter Morgan fakes own his death and inconspicuously retreats into the woods to live as a lumberjack.

After Dexter‘s disappointing ending, fans hoped for the series to get a second chance so it could rectify the mistakes from its finale. Fortunately, their prayers were answered last October, when Showtime announced it was reviving the show for a 10-episode limited run, with Hall attached to reprise his original role. Helmed by showrunner Clyde Philips, who exited Dexter after season 4, the new iteration is set in a fictional New York town 10 years after the events of the series finale.  So far, the revival has managed to keep its plot details under wraps, although it has announced some fresh faces for the upcoming series. Recently, Clancy Brown was brought on board as the main antagonist Kurt Caldwell. And now, more actors have joined the revival.

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According to THR, Jamie Chung, who last delivered a standout performance as Ji-Ah in HBO’s hit horror series Lovecraft Country, has been roped in for the Dexter revival. Chung will play Molly, an LA-based true-crime podcast host. The site also reports that Slender Man actor Oscar Wahlberg will also be seen alongside Chung in the new show. Wahlberg’s character Zach is the captain of the Iron Lake High School wrestling team and “the gateway to the in-crowd, which includes the daughter of the chief of police.” 

Chung has gathered numerous notable credits over her career. Although her recent turn as a conflicted nurse in Lovecraft Country was definitely a breakout role for the actress, fans remember Chung best for her work in Gotham, where she recurred as the journalist Valerie Vale. Chung has also appeared in TV shows like Once Upon A Time and The Gifted, playing a variety of roles across multiple genres. Now, in the Dexter revival, she will be joining seasoned performers like Michael Cyril Creighton, Julia Jones, Johnny Sequoyah, and Jack Alcott, who have all been cast for the show previously. At the moment, it’s not clear how and if Chung’s Molly will cross paths will Dexter. But given her profession, she might know about Dexter’s notorious criminal past.

Being a true-crime podcaster means there are several ways in which Chung’s Molly can interact with Dexter. The show might depict her as someone who is obsessed with Dexter’s sociopathic tendencies and is therefore digging into his disappearance to get a meaty story for her podcast. If this turns out to be the case, then the revival may also set up her as a potential love interest, someone who can challenge Dexter to show his vulnerable side and express emotions. In Lovecraft Country, Chung seamlessly transitioned between the naive Ji-Ah and a vengeful Kumiho, accounting for a daring and highly-watchable performance and setting the bar high for her future projects. This means that she has some high expectations to live up to in the Dexter revival, and hopefully she will dazzle fans with her new act.

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