For a while, there was a chance that the Lethal Weapon TV series wouldn’t be returning for a third season on Fox, after star Clayne Crawford was fired – however, the addition of Seann William Scott was a big part of the show’s revival.

Fox TV boss Gary Newman told the press at the Television Critics Association that the future of Lethal Weapon was on shaky ground, “If we could not feel confident to bring that show back with a great cast in a way that the audience would accept it, we would have simply not brought the show back. Until they came up with Seann, we were planning a schedule without Lethal Weapon.”

He continued by saying: “When Warner Bros. came to us at the end of last season and said that they needed to make a change, Matt Miller started developing that character, and it was very much informed by the actor he was able to get. We’re incredibly excited about being in business with Seann. We pursued him before and never successfully landed him and Matt is a fantastic showrunner and came up with a great character.”

There was talk that Scott would be playing the brother of Crawford’s Riggs, but it has now been revealed that his character will be Murtaugh’s (Damon Wayans) new partner, Wesley Cole, a war veteran and father.

Matt Miller spoke to Deadline about the character: “He is the opposite to Riggs who had a lot of anger and a lot of angst, who is looking to go in and maybe shoot all the bad guys. This is a guy who is looking to go into a situation with the bad guys and say, ‘ok, guys we can talk about this’. Of course the situations evolve always, chaos follows him wherever he goes; we still want the action comedy, all the explosions, all the drama all the set pieces.”

We will also be introduced to Scott’s character in a similar way to how Riggs was introduced, “We open the season the same way we did in the pilot where we met Riggs and heard about his backstory. The same thing happens with this character Cole. We are going to meet him abroad, see the circumstances, the tragedy that sends him back to LA. At the same time, we are going to wrap up Riggs’ demise.”

After this point, the opening episode will pick up six months after the events of the Season 2 finale. Season 3 of Lethal Weapon will consist of 13 episodes.

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