Laurie Holden will be leaving new TV series Chicago Med before fans will even get a chance to see her in NBC’s upcoming medical drama. Holden left just before the TCA Summer Press Tour, however it is only now that she has specified why she chose to leave the show, via a statement.
“I am so grateful to Dick Wolf, my fellow cast members, NBC and the entire Chicago Med team for their understanding. Sometimes we must make tough choices and, for family reasons, not doing Chicago Med is one of those for me at this time. I know the show is going to be a huge success and I’ll be watching.”
A spokesperson for Chicago Med also issued the following statement in relation to Laurie Holden’s departure from the show.
“It was Laurie’s decision to opt out of the series. We are sorry to see her go. We are currently casting additional new roles which we hope to have confirmed very soon.”
Chicago Med is the newest spin off series slated for release from the original series, Chicago Fire. Chicago Med joins the franchise after Chicago P.D.’s appearance in 2014 and tells the story of Chicago’s “most explosive hospital”and the staff that work there amid the “day-to-day chaos.”
Laurie Holden was billed to star alongside Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya DaCosta, Colin Donnell, and Brian Tee. According to Entertainment Weekly, Laurie Holden was set to play Dr. Hannah Tramble, an “ER surgeon with a dark edge,” a character she played in the pilot episode of Chicago Med.
While Laurie Holden’s role will not be recast however the network is currently looking to cast for three new female roles: an emergency pediatrician, a charge nurse, and a young, first-year resident.
Laurie Holden is probably best known for her TV role of Andrea in AMC’s The Walking Dead. She has also appeared in Dumb And Dumber, Silent Hill, and the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s The Mist. Her TV roles also include The X Files and The Shield.
Chicago Med will premiere on Tuesday, November 10 at 10 p.m. ET on NBC. Chicago Fire executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt are also on board as writers for this new series.
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