Wentworth Miller will be returning to Law & Order: SVU in the role of ADA Isaiah Holmes for a season 22 episode, which will air in early 2021.
Wentworth Miller will be returning to Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 22 as ADA Isaiah Holmes. ADA Holmes was first introduced in the season 21 episode, “Murdered at a Bad Address.” Since it began on NBC in 1999, the Dick Wolf drama has featured many performers who would go on to become familiar faces in Hollywood.
NBC is keenly aware of this history. When season 22 premiered earlier this month, it was followed by a special event. The Paley Center Presents Law & Order: Before They Were Stars featured interviews with actors that appeared across Law & Order’s various shows before they were famous. Names such as Abigail Breslin, Clark Gregg, Leslie Odom Jr, of Hamilton, and The Vampire Diaries alum Paul Wesley spoke about their guest roles on the popular franchise. Miller has the distinction of showing up on SVU after rising to fame with Prison Break. He first guested as a detective in a 2009 episode. Then, in 2019, he appeared as ADA Holmes.
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According to TV Line, Miller will be reprising the role of Holmes for Law & Order: SVU season 22. When one of Holmes’ classmates comes under investigation, ADA Dominick Carisi Jr. (Peter Scanavino) requests the help of Holmes. The two characters previously interacted in Miller’s initial appearance in season 21, establishing a rapport and a shared history. Though Miller’s episode does not currently have a scheduled date, it is expected to air in early 2021.
Miller made his debut as Holmes in “Murdered at a Bad Address,” an episode which revolved around the wrongful conviction of a closeted gay man (played by Guillermo Diaz). At first, when Holmes is asked to look into the matter by Carisi, he jokes that he’s being given the request because he’s gay. Carisi tells Holmes that the assignment has more to do with Holmes’ sense of justice, something that not all of his colleagues possess. As the episode nears its conclusion, the extent of the harm that Diaz’s character has gone through becomes painfully evident. At a moment when many police-centered shows are grappling with how to reflect calls for more honest depictions, it would likely be in the benefit of SVU to highlight more protagonists that are attuned to the many glaring flaws and biases of the justice system.
Given that Miller, who came out as gay in 2013, recently explained why he would no longer play straight characters, the SVU return could allow for the actor to delve deeper into Holmes’ personality. “Murdered at a Bad Address” was even nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Individual Episode category, pointing to the positive reception Miller’s appearance helped to garner. While he’s currently only announced for one-off return, there’s a possibility that Miller could recur in the future. Considering his already built-in popularity, from his time on Prison Break and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Miller would definitely be a welcome addition to the regular cast of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
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Source: TV Line
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