Cast Changes At Fox’s ‘Ally’

Josh Hopkins (“The Perfect Storm”) and Regina Hall (“Scary Movie”) are set and James Marsden (“X-Men”) and Julianne Nicholson (“The Love Letter”) are in final negotiations to join the cast of Fox’s “Ally McBeal.”

They are part of a major casting makeover at David E. Kelley’s hit dramedy, which also includes the departure of Lisa Nicole Carson and James LeGros. Carson, however, is expected make guest appearances on the show. There also has been speculation about Lucy Liu and Peter MacNicol scaling back their duties on the series next season, but sources said the two are still in negotiations with the studio.

Hall will reprise her role from last season when she did a three-episode arc as Robert Downey Jr.’s associate. Nicholson is also understood to be playing a lawyer. There is no word on what character Hopkins will play, while there has been speculation that Marsden might be McBeal’s new love interest.