Rachel DiPillo (Jane The Virgin) and Torrey DeVitto (The Vampire Diaries) have joined the cast of NBC’s latest Chicago Fire spin-off Chicago Med as series regulars, TVWise has learned.
DiPillo, who has also enjoyed stints on such shows as NCIS, Mad Men and Emily Owens, M.D., will play Dr. Sarah Reese, an emergency room intern who’s fresh out of medical school. While DeVitto has been cast as Dr. Lilly Manning, a pregnant ER physician. Her previous television credits include Pretty Little Liars, Army Wives, One Tree Hill and Beautiful People.
The two cast additions come mere days after NBC revealed that Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead, Major Crimes) had exited the series due to “family reasons”. She was set to play ER surgeon Dr. Hannah Tramble, who made an appearance in the back-door pilot. The role is not being recast and DiPillo and DeVitto’s characters are not envisioned as straight replacements. Casting for a third new female regular is still underway.
Chicago Med is described as an emotional thrill ride through the day-to-day chaos of the city’s most explosive hospital and the courageous team of doctors who hold it together. Familiar faces from the Chicago police and fire departments will intertwine as this third team of Chicago heroes hits the ground running.
Set to premiere on Tuesday November 10th at 10/9c, the drama series stars Oliver Platt, S. Epatha Merkerson, Nick Gehlfuss, Yaya Dacosta, Colin Donnell and Brian Tee. Chicago Med was created by Dick Wolf, Matt Olmstead, Michael Brandt and Derek Haas, all of whom serve as executive producers on the Universal Television produced series alongside Danielle Gelber, Peter Jankowski and director Joe Chappelle.