Packed to the Rafters is coming back to our screens and yes, production has started.
Since news of the show’s return was confirmed in December 2019, a few things have changed. Jessica Marais, who played Rachel Rafter was originally slated to reprise her role, however, in February 2020, she announced she would be pulling out of the series due to “personal reasons”.
After it was confirmed The Wrong Girl actress would not appear in the reboot, fans feared how showrunners would explain Marais’ absence. Some even speculated her character might be killed off.
See Jessica Marais in the trailer for The Wrong Girl. Post continues below.
Today it was confirmed Rachel will continue to feature in Back to the Rafters. Instead, her role will be played by fellow Australian actress, Georgina Haig. The 34-year-old starred in the Aussie kids show The Elephant Princess and played Queen Elsa in Season 4 of Once Upon a Time.
Haig has also featured in The Sapphires, played Paula Yates in the 2014 miniseries INXS: Never Tear Us Apart and starred alongside Abbie Cornish in Channel 7’s 2019 show, Secret Bridesmaids’ Business.
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