Elodie Bouchez joins Alias cast

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Award-winning French actress Elodie Bouchez has joined the cast of ABC's hit spy drama Alias, which begins its fifth season this fall.

The beautiful Bouchez comes to Alias in what may be part of producers' effort to add new "sex appeal" to the show while pregnant star Jennifer Garner is unable to perform action sequences in skimpy costumes. She will take on the role of Renee Rienne, "an internationally wanted criminal who, unbeknownst to Sydney, has secretly been working with Vaughn for several years." Renee's arrival may provide some explanation for last season's finale cliff-hanger, in which Vaughn announced to Sydney that he was not who he'd claimed to be.

Bouchez has appeared in scores of French films and several English-language ones, including The Beat Nicks, America Brown, and the upcoming independent comedy Shooting Vegetarians. She has won two of France's Cesar Awards--the French equivalent to our Oscars--for her work in Andre Techine's Wild Reeds and Erick Zonca's The Dreamlife of Angels.

Also joining the Alias cast this season is The Inside's Rachel Nichols, who will play a CIA technical analyst. The season premiere is scheduled for Thursday, September 29, at 8:00pm ET.

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