LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Brooke Shields has signed up for the Air Force - or at least the Air Force as it's portrayed on "Army Wives."
"Pretty Baby" star Shields will join the cast of the Lifetime series for its seventh season, the network said Thursday.
Shields will play Katherine "Kat" Young, a brash, brilliant Air Force colonel and crack C-17 pilot who clashes with Gen. Michael Holden (Brian McNamara) shortly after arriving at Joint Base Marshall Bring.
But after Young and Holden's Air Force-Army rivalry gets underway, Holden discovers that Young has a tragic past -- and more in common with him than he first thought.
The ABC Studios-produced "Army Wives" returns for its seventh season March 10 at 9 p.m. with a drastically revamped cast. In addition to Shields, singer/actress Ashanti, Torrey DeVitto of "Pretty Little Liars," Bring It On" alum Elle McLemore and singer Jesse McCartney have joined the cast. Meanwhile, Kim Delaney has departed the series, and former series regular Sally Pressman will only appear "in several episodes" of the new 13-episode season.
"We're all very excited about season seven, in which a new tribe emerges from the shadow of tragedy," executive producer Jeff Melvoin said of the upcoming season on Wednesday.