‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Veteran Set to Make TV Return as Star on New Paramount+ Limited Series

by Emily Morgan
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A “Grey’s Anatomy” alum is about to trade scrubs for a suit in the newest series from Paramount+. 

Justin Chambers, known for playing Dr. Alex Karev in the hit hospital drama, is coming back to TV to play a silver screen titan. Chambers will play legendary actor Marlon Brando in “The Offer.”

The upcoming limited series is based on Al Ruddy and Francis Ford Coppola’s experience of creating the 1972 Oscar-winning film The GodfatherBrando starred in the movie as Vito Corleone, the family’s patriarch. As for looks, it’s fairly uncanny.

The series will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the original film. Along with Chambers, the series will star Miles Teller as Ruddy, Dan Fogler as Coppola, Matthew Goode as producer Robert Evans, Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo, and Colin Hanks as Barry Lapidus. Juno Temple recently joined the cast as Ruddy’s assistant, Bettye McCartt. 

Written and executive produced by Nikki Toscano, Teller and Ruddy will also executive produce along with Leslie Grief. Dexter Fletcher will direct the first and last series of episodes in addition to executive producing. 

For over 15 years, Chambers took on the role of Alex Karev in “Grey’s Anatomy.” In addition to that, his professional career includes roles in several blockbuster films such as  The Wedding Planner, Cold Case, New York Undercover, and Another World.

Since abruptly leaving “Grey’s” in 2019, Chambers has maintained a relatively low profile due to his controversial exit. Die-hard “Grey’s Anatomy” fans were left stunned with how the show bid farewell to the original cast member. 

The actor’s last episode aired in November 2019, but viewers were unaware it was his last episode until ABC announced his exit publicly two months later.

Justin Chambers Returns to TV After Unexpected Exit From ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

Chambers later returned, but only for a voiceover role, for his send-off episode in March 2020. The episode revealed that Alex had left his wife Jo and went back to his ex-wife, Izzie, and their children. 

“There’s no good time to say goodbye to a show and character that’s defined so much of my life for the past 15 years,” Chambers said in a statement.

“For some time now, however, I have hoped to diversify my acting roles and career choices. And, as I turn 50 and am blessed with my remarkable, supportive wife and five wonderful children. Now is that time. As I move on from Grey’s Anatomy, I want to thank the ABC family, Shonda Rimes, original cast members Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson and James Pickens, and the rest of the amazing cast and crew, both past and present, and, of course, the fans for an extraordinary ride.”

After his final episode, showrunner Krista Vernoff wrote a farewell to Karev via Twitter. 

“It is nearly impossible to say goodbye to Alex Karev. That is as true for me and for all of the writers at Grey’s Anatomy, as it is for the fans,” she wrote. “We have loved writing Alex. And we have loved watching Justin Chambers’ nuanced portrayal of him. For 16 seasons, 16 years, we have grown up alongside Alex Karev. 

We have been frustrated by his limitations and we have been inspired by his growth and we have come to love him deeply and to think of him as one of our very best friends. We will miss him terribly. And we will always be grateful for his impact, on our show, on our hearts, on our fans, on the world.”

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