If the makers of “Chicago Fire” weren’t afraid to cast a famous TV face like Jesse Spencer as Matt Casey, they’re certainly not worried about casting an equally well-known figure as his replacement. According to TV Line, Brett Dalton is set to make his “Chicago Fire” debut on Wednesday, November 3. Dalton joins the show as interim Lieutenant Jason Pelham.
A new character may have a difficult time replacing the fan-favorite Casey, but Dalton is a capable actor with ample experience of portraying characters that fans might not be all that enamored with. After all, his biggest role in “Agents of SHIELD” is that of Grant Ward, the duplicitous team member who’s initially introduced as a heroic character, but who soon turns out to be a Hydra double agent and one of the show’s most prominent antagonists. Later, he portrayed an even more off-putting character — the powerful parasite Inhuman known as Hive. Chances are that Dalton’s “Chicago Fire” character is significantly more heroic than his most well-known characters, though.
It remains to be seen how interim Lieutenant Jason Pelham is received both in-universe and by the fans, and how long Dalton’s “Chicago Fire” tenure is meant to be. Judging by his sheer acting prowess, though, the actor certainly has what it takes to step in the massive shoes he’s expected to fill.