November 29, 2011 11:14pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Law & Order: SVU' Stages 'Lights Out' Reunion
Law & Order: SVU is staging a Lights Out reunion.
Former Lights Out star Holt McCallany has been tapped to guest star on the NBC procedural for an upcoming episode, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
McCallany, who played beleaguered boxer Patrick “Lights” Leary on the short-lived but critically praised FX drama, will play an ex-Marine who takes matters into his own hands after his daughter is the victim of a crime. An airdate for the episode has yet to be determined.
The guest gig reunites McCallany with Lights Out showruner Warren Leight, who took over the SVU reins from Neal Baer in April.
Leight told THR in September that he offered McCallany one of the first 10 episodes of the series but the timing didn’t work out and that he’d “have to find another nice part for him.”
“Anytime there’s something in the right age and gender, I think I could use some of those guys,” he said of tapping Lights Out cast members for SVU duty. Leight also offered gigs to Lights Out’s Stacy Keach (Pops) and Pablo Schreiber (Johnny), both of whom landed other jobs and were unable to fit SVU in.
McCallany, repped by APA, Mosaic and Stone Meyer, broke the news on Twitter, saying, “Warren Leight just offered me a job. Note to actors: Be nice to your showrunners.”
Over on the big screen, he has a number of features lined up, including Gangster Squad, which is currently in production.
Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on NBC.