Alek Skarlatos, the Army National Guardsman who, with friends Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone, overpowered a heavily armed man on a Paris-bound train last month, is suddenly about to reap the benefits of his newfound fame: He'll be a contestant on the new season of "Dancing with the Stars."

Paula Deen -- as already widely reported -- is also joining the cast this season, which begins Sept. 14. The restaurateur, celebrity chef and author was the target of a 2013 lawsuit alleging that she had used racial epithets in her workplace and -- in the fallout -- lost a number of  endorsement deals and her Food Network show. (Last year she launched a tour, "Paula Deen Live," and began her own digital network.) 

Here's the rest of the cast, from ABC's release: 

ANDY GRAMMER: The Los Angeles-born, New York-raised pop star sings the upbeat hit "Honey, I'm Good."

BINDI IRWIN: The 17-year-old Australian has continued the legacy of her parents, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin.

CARLOS PENAVEGA: The actor/singer Carlos shot to fame and cult status after starring on the highly successful Nickelodeon musical comedy "Big Time Rush."

CHAKA KHAN: The singer-songwriter is a music icon who has influenced multiple generations of artists.

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GARY BUSEY: The actor this year celebrates his 45th anniversary in show business.

HAYES GRIER: At just 15 years old, the Vine and YouTube sensation is a rising star in the social media world.

KIM ZOLCIAK BIERMANN: Known for her blonde wigs, catchy pop songs and vivacious personality, the former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star is also the mother of Brielle, Ariana, KJ, Kash, Kaia and Kane.

NICK CARTER: The singer/songwriter and actor sparked his career at the tender age of 12 as the youngest member of iconic boy band Backstreet Boys.

PAULA DEEN: The celebrity chef releases her new cookbook, "Paula Deen Cuts the Fat: 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up," on Sept. 8.

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TAMAR BRAXTON: The Grammy-nominated R&B singer is also a reality TV star and talk show host.

VICTOR ESPINOZA: After coming close twice, the jockey earned the famous Triple Crown this year, winning the Kentucky Derby, The Preakness and The Belmont Stakes on American Pharoah.