Vancouver actor nabs CSI role

Vancouver actor Jessica Lucas has landed a recurring role on the hit CBS show 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' as new recruit Ronnie.

Canadian actress Jessica Lucas has landed a plum assignment: she is joining the cast of the hit CBS show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as a recurring character.

Lucas, born and raised in Vancouver, will play "Ronnie," a young, smart new recruit who chooses to join the crime lab in Las Vegas because of an increase in crime there, according to the Hollywood Reporter, an industry publication.

The hiring of the 22-year-old has triggered speculation the show is about to drop the character of Sara Sidle, played by Jorja Fox.

Last spring, Fox was reportedly in negotiations about her contract. Her character was left crushed under a car in the Season 7 finale.

But producers have said Ronnie will be a new addition to the team, not a replacement for Sara.

Lucas began acting at age seven, training with the Children's Arts Theatre School in Toronto. After appearing in many stage productions, she became a series regular on the Canadian teen show Edgemont.

Her movie credits include The Covenant and She's the Man. Lucas appeared on the short-lived ABC series Life as We Know It and will next be seen in J.J. Abrams' ultra-secretive feature Cloverfield — said to be a science fiction story about a monster attack on New York city.

Abrams, the mastermind behind hit shows Alias and Lost, recently directed Mission Impossible III.