Zooey is ditching New Girl… but a VERY familiar face is taking over

After welcoming her first child with new husband Jacob Pechenik last month, Zooey Deschanel is understandably ready to take some time off work.

But when your day job is playing the lead role in a very popular sitcom, it's not so easy to miss out on a few months. 

Luckily, another actress has been drafted in to take on a recurring role in New Girl while Zooey enjoys some well deserved time away.

It was announced this week that Transformers star Megan Fox will appear in a 'multi-episode arc in season 5' technically replacing Zooey while she bows out of the show temporarily from episode 6 onwards.

Viewers will see Jess sequestered on jury duty while she leases her room out to the gorgeous Reagan – a pharmaceuticual sales rep who is in town on business.

Of course, having a major star on set is nothing new for the cast of the hit US TV show. Aside from Megan, previous guest stars include Jessica Biel, Jamie Lee Curtis, Dermot Mulroney, Justin Long and, of course, Taylor Swift.

Taylor appeared alongside Zooey on the Season 2 finale, playing a guest a CeCe's ill-fated Indian wedding.

While a long-running part on a TV show will be a change for Megan, she has appeared on TV before, landing minor roles in Hope & Faith and Two & A Half Men. 

The actress re-joined the world of social media yesterday, posting her first picture to Instagram in almost six months. Though she didn't address her split from Brian Austin Green, Megan did apologise for her long silence.

"Hi. I'm still here, I just continue to have an angsty relationship with social media. But what better way to express my apprehension than with a selfie. This time in black n white!" she wrote.


A photo posted by Megan Fox (@the_native_tiger) on

We'll expect lots more Instagram updates as her New Girl debut draws near.

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