Julia Ormond has been tapped for a season-long arc on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She will play the only major new character that will be introduced in the crime drama’s 10th and final season on USA Network. Appearing in all eight episodes of the season as a guest star, Ormond will play Dr. Paula Severin, a brilliant police psychologist who will be conducting mandatory sessions with Detective Goren (Vincent D’Onofrio), helping him unravel his tortured past.

Ormond’s casting comes just two weeks before the Season 10 premiere May 1, with production well under way. How will she appear in all episodes? She will start right away and, because her scenes are contained mainly within her office, the producers had planned to film them together, apart from the rest of the action. Shooting those scenes is expected to take a few days.

The 10th season of Criminal Intent, created and executive produced by Dick Wolf and developed by René Balcer, features the return of detectives Goren and Eames (Kathryn Erbe). Terminated for insubordination a year ago, Goren has been reunited with his long-time partner at the behest of new Major Case Captain Joseph Hannah (Jay O. Sanders), a friend of Goren’s since the Academy days. Ormond, repped by Gersh and Chris Prapha, recently co-starred in the HBO movie Temple Grandin, a role that earned her an Emmy. She will next be seen in the feature My Week With Marilyn alongside Michelle Williams and Emma Watson.