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Ashlee Simpson Officially Playing Lead Role in 'Melrose Place' Spin-Off

March 10, 2009 (4:03 am) GMT
The CW's revamped version of 'Melrose Place' will have singer Ashlee Simpson playing as a charming girl who come into town with a secret.
Ashlee Simpson

is making a big transition from singing to acting. The younger sister of has been confirmed on board of "" spin-off which is yet to have a title. The series will air on The CW later this year.

She will play Violet, a "small-town girl and recent L.A. transplant who has come to town with a secret" according to MTV. Her character is also described as very manipulative, using her girl-next-door charm to get what she wants, very much like Sandy Harling in the original series.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the cast of 'Melrose Place' and look forward to being a part of its new generation of residents," Ashlee said in a statement.

This would not be the first acting gig for Ashlee on TV. She has filmed a cameo with husband for the upcoming March 18 episode of "". Seven years ago, the mother of one was also involved in WB's TV series "7th Heaven" before breaking through as a recording artist.

Her participation on the "Melrose" spin-off means she will share screens with who plays lawyer with a sharp tongue, Ella and who plays a filmmaker named Jonah. There have also been unconfirmed reports that original star had said yes to reprising her role as Amanda Woodward, and taking a not-yet-known lead role.

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