Ramsay Street residents will have a new American in their lives as Mischa Barton has joined the cast of the Australian soap opera Neighbours.
Production has begun on all-new episodes of Neighbours, and with that came the announcement of a new castmember. Mischa Barton, best-known for her time on The O.C., will be joining the Australian soap as an American named “Reece.” The character is described as “an American new to Erinsborough who’s not quite who she appears to be.”
“With Neighbours launching on Amazon Freevee in North America, we are beyond excited to have an actor of Mischa’s calibre join us for the beginning of this exciting new chapter,” executive producer Jason Herbison said in a statement. “Mischa’s character is dynamic and unpredictable, and will have an instant presence on Ramsay Street. Our loyal viewers are going to love her, locally and abroad.”
“I’m excited to be part of this iconic show’s next chapter, and I am really looking forward to being back in Australia a place I know and love!” Barton added. “I think the character of Reece is going to be a great role for me to explore and play with.”
Former stars Stefan Dennis, Alan Fletcher, Ryan Moloney, and Jackie Woodburne are confirmed to be reprising their roles.
Production on the new episodes kicked off on April 17 in Melbourne. The new episodes will debut on Freevee this fall. Previous seasons and select episodes are already available on Amazon’s Freevee app.