Theories as to which lucky lady would be cast as Emily VanCamp's mother have been flying ever since it was revealed in Revenge's season finale that Mrs. Clarke isn't as dead as everyone once believed.
Personally I was pulling for Michelle Pfeiffer since she is one of the few actresses who could go up against Madeleine Stowe and believably emerge unscathed (other possibilities included Marcia Cross, Sharon Stone and Renee Russo).
In the end, Jennifer Jason Leigh (Weeds, Single White Female) ended up scoring the hotly coveted role.
Earlier this year, creator Mike Kelley said this about the part: "It would be really great for her to be as formidable as Madeleine [Stowe], but it's a completely different part. What you're going to discover about the woman who was Emily's mother is the circumstances under which they were separated and you're going to find that there's some deep psychological issues with her, which I think is going to be fun for us to explore. For Emily, she's going to start seeing some of the psychological damage that her mother has in herself."
Revenge season two premieres this September on ABC.