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Summer Glau Plays 'Dollhouse' with Eliza Dushku

Summer Glau Plays 'Dollhouse' with Eliza Dushku

Summer Glau is set to rejoin the Joss Whedon gang playing Dollhouse with Eliza Dushku this seasons. Cue screaming Whedon fans and lesbians everywhere. And Dushku's eluded to wanting more exploration of gay themes on the show...hmmmm.

As if seeing Eliza Dushku play a different character every week on Fox's Dollhouse weren't enough, writer-creator-director Joss Whedon has recruited one of his former Firefly stars to join the sci-fi drama's upcoming Season 2.

Confirmed by the network and first reported on Dollhouse fan site Dollverse.com, Glau will play Bennett, an employee who works inside the Dollhouse who shares a secret past with Echo (Dushku).

It's unclear if she, like Amy Acker's Dr. Claire Saunders/Whiskey, also is an active who undergoes regular "treatments" to be implanted with various personalities for assignments from Dollhouse ringleader Adelle DeWitt (Olivia Williams).

Glau, whose Fox drama Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, was recently canceled by the network after two seasons, first appears in Episode 5, set to air in October. She's set for a minimum of two episodes.

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Glau previously was part of the Whedon family during Firefly, in which she played River Tam. She reprised the role for the big-screen sequel, Serenity. Whedon is known for writing strong female characters and Glau joins fellow Whedon alumni Dushku (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Acker (Angel) in the Dollhouse. Felicia Day, who played the loveable Penny in Whedon's Web musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, had a key role in the "lost" 13th episode of Dollhouse, Epitaph One.

Alexis Denisof - who worked with Whedon on Buffy and Angel, where he met his wife, Alyson Hannigan (Willow) - also is set to guest star on Dollhouse this season as a senator trying to track down the Dollhouse.

Dushku has said the second season of the show will contain more sex and that she'd like to explore issues involving homosexuality as well.

Dollhouse, which aired after Terminator last season, returns for its second season on Fox at 9 p.m. Sept. 25.

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