McElhone Dumps “Designated” For “The First”

“Designated Survivor” actress Natascha McElhone will depart the ABC drama after its second season reports Variety.

The actress plays Alex Kirkman, the wife of President Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland), in the hit series. She will instead join the upcoming Sean Penn-led Hulu series “The First” in a mysterious role.

“The First” chronicles efforts to send the first manned mission to Mars. McElhone’s role is believed to be the CEO of the company funding the mission.

Hulu gave the show a straight-to-series order in May and will go into production this year ahead of a 2018 airing.