Jane Badler will play Morena Baccarin's reptilian mom on V next season

Jane Badler, a.k.a. the villainous Visitor Diana from the original V series, will be joining the cast of ABC's V next season as a new Diana. This time, she'll play lizard queen Anna's alien mother.

When we spoke to V executive producer Steve Pearlman at Comic-Con about Badler's prospects for playing Diana, he said, "Naming her mother Diana is a wink to the audience. I would not take it [that] Jane Badler would be cast in that role." Now, it looks like the V team realized it made perfect sense to capitalize on fan excitement. From ABC's press release:

Actress Jane Badler, best known for her role on the original "V" series, will join the cast of ABC's "V" as a recurring guest star, playing Diana, mother to Anna (Morena Baccarin), who is now the leader of the Vs. Badler will make her debut in the Season 2 premiere of the series.

Good times! Hopefully Badler and Baccarin's Visitors will have some family squabbles that can only be solved with screamingly flamboyant death matches.

[Via Your Entertainment Now. Thanks Nathaniel!]