The casting of Seann William Scott officially ends FOX’s Lethal Weapon conundrum.
The American Pie actor will replace Clayne Crawford, paving the way for a third season this fall.
Crawford, who has played Martin Riggs on the show for 2 seasons, was fired for alleged “bad behavior” on set, and in particular for two incidents in which he was reprimanded.
Warners on Sunday confirmed Crawford would not be returning with the following statement: “Warner Bros. Television has decided not to renew Clayne Crawford’s contract for Lethal Weapon.”
However Crawford’s dismissal proved problematic for the network, who were unsure whether to recast and move the show in a slightly different direction, or cancel after just two seasons. In the end, and reportedly after considering several candidates, Scott landed a spot on the show’s upcoming third season.
Significantly, Scott will not be replacing Crawford as Riggs, but will join the cast as a new character “who folds into a partnership with Murtaugh (Damon Wayans)” according to the network.
The role, which some are already speculating is that of Riggs’ brother, marks Scott’s first network series regular role.
“Seann is a fantastic addition to this already amazing cast,” said Michael Thorn, Entertainment President at FOX. “Lethal Weapon is packed with action, drama and pure fun and we can’t wait to see Damon and Seann together on screen. Matt Miller, his incredible team and everyone at Warner Bros. have been tremendous partners, and we’re thrilled to bring this show back for another season.”
Lethal Weapon is based on the hit movie franchise. The series stars Damon Wayans, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm, Jordana Brewster, Johnathan Fernandez, Dante Brown, Chandler Kinney and Michelle Mitchenor.
Seann William Scott is best known for his lead role in the American Pie movie franchise, and has starred in countless comedy films, such as Road Trip, Role Models, and The Dukes of Hazzard.