Post by: Sal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"Law & Order" veteran Jesse L. Martin is expected to leave the long-running NBC drama after nine years.
Anthony Anderson is in final negotiations to join the series, filling the void left by Martin's character, Det. Ed Green. Anderson will play a new detective partnered with Jeremy Sisto's Cyrus Lupo.
Martin will film one more episode of the Wolf Films/Univerasl Media Studios series, in which his character will be written off, sources said.
The actor had signed on to do the first 13 episodes this season, with an option for more.
Martin, who recently wrapped the feature "Peter and Vandy," next is set to portray singer Marvin Gaye in the biopic "Sexual Healing," which is expected to begin production in late April-early May.
"Law & Order" continues Anderson's streak of dramatic roles that includes parts on FX's "The Shield," in the Oscar-winning "The Departed" and, most recently, on Fox's gritty cop drama "K-Ville," for which he landed an Image Award nomination.
NOTE: Anthony Anderson once guest starred as a detective on SVU (about two seasons ago), so I wonder if he'll play the same character.