11:37am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'This Is Us' Enlists 'Mudbound' Actor for Political Storyline in Season 3 (Exclusive)
The first details about season three of NBC breakout This Is Us are coming into focus.
Mudbound actor Rob Morgan has been cast in a recurring role in the upcoming third season of the Dan Fogelman-created drama.
Morgan will portray Solomon Brown, a longtime city councilman and fixture in Philadelphia who oversees the very district where William (Emmy nominee Ron Cephas Jones) lived pre-Randall (Sterling K. Brown). The character is described as smart and charming, a family man and regular churchgoer. He knows how to play the game and do what it takes to succeed.
"Someone starts entering the world of local politics," Fogelman told The Hollywood Reporter of what to expect in season three. "It's nothing big and national — nothing Republican vs. Democrat or left vs. right — but we're going to dive into some community hot political waters with a surprising character."
Given that Randall purchased the building where William used to reside, that seems to make the character a natural to be part of the political storyline, though Fogelman declined to name which of the This Is Us regulars could be part of the arc.
For his part, Morgan is best known for his role as Hap Jackson in Dee Rees' Oscar-nominated feature Mudbound. He recently completed work with Tom Hanks on Greyhound and on Last Black Man in San Francisco. His Monsters and Men is due in October. The actor can currently be seen on Netflix's Stranger Things, Godless, Daredevil and Luke Cage. Morgan is repped by TCA Mgmt, Harden Curtis and Frankfurt Kurnit.
Season three of This Is Us, produced by 20th Century Fox TV, is set to premiere Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.