Actress Odelya Halevi has landed a role as a series regular on the reboot of Law & Order. She is portraying Assistant District Attorney Samantha Maroun throughout Season 21.
Other main cast additions include Jeffrey Donovan, playing an NYPD detective, Hugh Dancy, playing another Assistant District Attorney, and Camryn Manheim, playing Lt. Kate Dixon, per Deadline.
Halevi Is Part of a Storied Tradition
There is a long history of female assistant district attorneys on Law & Order. Other actresses who have played the prosecutors include Jill Hennessy, Carey Lowell, Angie Harmon, Elisabeth Röhm, Annie Parisse, and Alana de la Garza. (De la Garza is now a series regular on FBI, also a Dick Wolf series.)
The reboot of Law & Order, like earlier iterations of the series, looks at both the police who investigate crimes and the district attorneys who prosecute them. Halevi will occupy the latter portion of that world.
Moreover, Halevi recently had a significant recurring role on Good Trouble. She had another role on the Prime Video series Good Girls Revolt. Global Artists Agency, ATN Entertainment, and Ginsburg, Daniels, Kallis rep the actress.
Law & Order Reboot Stays True to Form
Law & Order is set to return next year. Creator Dick Wolf labored for years to bring about a primetime reboot. And almost a dozen years after the original series ended its two-decade run, he succeeded.
“There are very few things in life that are literally dreams come true,” Wolf said in a statement announcing the reboot, per Variety. “This is mine.”
Of course, Law & Order also has its share of spinoffs, from Law & Order: SVU to Law & Order: Organized Crime. There are more than a dozen of them in total, and they’ve brought in billions of dollars for NBCUniversal over the years.
So the network had good reason to help make Wolf’s dream a reality. And executives were ecstatic to announce the show’s return.
“‘Law & Order’ is quite simply one of the most iconic shows in television history,” said Susan Rovner, chairman of Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, in a statement. “And the idea of continuing its legacy and partnering with Dick on an all-new season is nothing short of exhilarating. This is great news for NBC as well as TV fans everywhere.”
Wolf was adamant that the reboot should leave the original show mostly unchanged. Their focus will remain on three cops and three district attorneys, as that’s the formula that’s worked so well for them in the past.
“Give the viewers what they want,” Wolf told Variety. “That’s been our mantra from day one.”