Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh will return to television in a new BBC America series next year. Pictured: Oh at the “Grey’s Anatomy” 200th Episode Celebration in Los Angeles on Sept. 28, 2013. Getty Images/Michael Buckner

“Grey’s Anatomy” alum Sandra Oh just landed a lead role in BBC America’s upcoming thriller, “Killing Eve.”

Oh will play the role of Eve, a bored, desk-bound security operative. Eve will be joined by a psychopathic assassin named Villanelle, and the former will be charged for hunting the latter down. As of late, the role of Villanelle hasn’t been cast yet. “Killing Eve” is based on the novellas by Luke Jennings.

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According to TV Line, “Killer Eve” will have a total of eight episodes and will premiere sometime next year. “Fleabag” star Phoebe Waller-Bridge will serve as showrunner for the upcoming series. The publication also confirmed that “Killer Eve” is Oh’s first series-regular role since leaving Shonda Rhimes’ hit ABC series in 2014.

Following Oh’s casting, BBC America president Sarah Barnett released a statement expressing her excitement over working with the award-winning actress. “Sandra Oh has the ability to go from wrenching to funny to total mess with a genius lightness of touch. Phoebe’s vision is absolutely original, and Sandra is utterly perfect casting, we think, for this key role,” she said.

In “Grey’s Anatomy,” Oh played the role of Dr. Cristina Yang, the best friend of lead character Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). In her final episode, Cristina decided to pursue a job at a different facility. She also replaced her ex, Dr. Burke (Isaiah Washington).

While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Yang said that she was completely on board with Burke’s character being brought back to the show just so Cristina could have a nice exit. The actress also said that she was fine with Cristina replacing Burke at work.

“I felt like you could show the most amount of growth by seeing her come face-to-face with one of the most influential beings in her life. To see how she has surpassed him and how she flourishes beyond him. I thought that was a great way to go. It’s almost like you need a big, strong force like Burke to help her get out,” she said.

Oh was once again linked to “Grey’s Anatomy” recently when rumors swirled that she would return. However, the actress was quick to deny the speculations. And with “Killing Eve” coming up, it seems even more impossible for Oh to return to the TV series.