Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio gets 'Law & Order: CI' badge

maryelizabethmastrantonio_290.jpg"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" has hired a new captain: Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

Mastrantonio will join the USA series for its ninth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She'll be the first female captain for the Major Case Squad, following characters played by Jamey Sheridan and Eric Bogosian.

The casting of Mastrantonio also marks the end of a pretty major shakeup of the show that saw original stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe departing along with Bogosian and Julianne Nicholson. Jeff Goldblum, who joined the show this year as Detective Zach Nichols, will be the full-time lead of the show, and Saffron Burrows was recently cast as his new partner, replacing Nicholson.

The part will be Mastrantonio's first regular role on a TV series. The Oscar nominee (for "The Color of Money") did have a recurring part on "Without a Trace" a few seasons back. Her other credits include "The Perfect Storm," "Scarface," "The Abyss" and most recently, the 2008 CBS movie "The Russell Girl."

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