The BBC explains: "Andie will be replacing Taylor Lautner who has played Dale in the hit series for three series as the title 'Cuckoo' character. Series 4 saw Dale depart Lichfield at the end of the series after he and Rachel leave to go travelling to Sierra Leone. Just as Ken Thompson thought the chaos of Cuckoo was behind him, the sister he never knew he had Ivy (Andie MacDowell) arrives..."
Taylor Lautner says: "I'm so happy I get to pass my Cuckoo baton to someone as talented as Andie. She'll do a great job keeping the Thompson family on their toes! I'll miss everyone on the show - not least Chief Ken. But not all goodbyes are forever."
Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three says: ""We're delighted that Andie MacDowell has joined the cast of Cuckoo for Series 5. Following Taylor's hugely popular stint on the show, Andie brings a different flavour to the show and it's incredibly exciting to see a talent of her calibre joining the brilliant existing cast for what will be another memorable slice of life with the Thompson family in Lichfield."
Shane Allen, Controller, Comedy Commissioning, adds: "Cuckoo's successful series regeneration of the lead protagonist makes it the Doctor Who of comedy. It's a real badge of quality for the show that the writing continues to attract the very cream of Hollywood talent to the Midlands."
Ash Atalla, Managing Director of producers Roughcut Television, concluded in a statement: "Andie MacDowell has been in some of my all-time favourite comedy films. What an honour to have her in Cuckoo. Hugh Grant was right, she's a class act."
Yesterday, it was confirmed that MacDowell will reunite with her Four Weddings And A Funeral co-stars for a special Comic Relief short sequel to the international smash-hit comedy. It will be shown on BBC One on Red Nose Day 2019.
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