‘Will & Grace’ adds Ryan Phillippe and Billie Lourd as guest stars for final season

‘Will & Grace’ adds Ryan Phillippe and Billie Lourd as guest stars for final season

Will and Grace are welcoming some new friends in their final season.

EW can exclusively reveal that Ryan Phillippe (Secrets and Lies, Shooter) and Billie Lourd (American Horror Story, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) will be guest-starring in the upcoming final season of Will & Grace when it returns to NBC in 2020.

Phillippe will be playing himself, while Lourd will play Fiona, a character described by NBC as “an edgy, self-confident modern woman who’s outspoken and irreverent.” But it turns out Fiona has a special tie to the show.

On Thursday afternoon, Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick revealed on Instagram that Lourd’s character is the granddaughter of Bobbi Adler, who was played on the show by Debbie Reynolds, Lourd’s real-life grandmother.

“It’s Hollywood royalty on the Will & Grace stage this week,” Mutchnick wrote on his post. “I loved Debbie, I loved Carrie and I love this apple who did not fall far from her trees,” he said of Lourd.

Reynolds appeared as Grace’s mother, Bobbi Adler, on 10 episodes of the sitcom’s original run. Reynolds died in 2016 at age 84, just one day after the death of her daughter — Lourd’s mother — actress Carrie Fisher.

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Phillippe Signs With Gersh

Phillippe Signs With Gersh

The ‘Shooter’ alum was previously at WME.

Ryan Phillippe has left WME for Gersh, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

He most recently starred as the titular military vet on the action drama Shooter, which ran on USA for three seasons, and also appeared this May on Netflix’s Historical Roasts as Julius Caesar.

Phillippe broke out big with several Young Hollywood hits in the late 1990s, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, 54 and especially 1999’s Cruel Intentions, playing Valmont opposite Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Merteuil and Reese Witherspoon’s innocent Annette Hargrove. He later went on to star in such films as Antitrust, Gosford Park, Crash, Flags of our Fathers, Stop-Loss, MacGruber and The Lincoln Lawyer.

He made his debut at age 18 on One Life to Live, where he played Billy Douglas, the first openly gay teenager on scripted television. Twenty years later he took on his second series regular role with a major arc on season five of FX’s Damages, and followed that up as the suspect at the center of season one of ABC’s mystery anthology Secrets and Lies.

Phillippe continues to be represented by MGMT and Sloane Offer.

Shooter: 2×06 – “Across the Rio Grande” Promo

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Shooter: 2×04 – “The Dark End of the Street” Promo

Bob Lee and Isaac learn the world’s greatest assassin is in the U.S. Flashbacks to a mission in Afghanistan reveal his identity: Solotov. Nadine comes to Texas with suspicions of a conspiracy.

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