With Clayne Crawford departing the TV series, itself based on an earlier movie franchise, Seann William Scott of “American Pie,” “Super Troopers 2” and “Goon” steps into the shoes of curveball cop Martin Riggs.
For a few days following the apparent ejection of lead actor Clayne Crawford, the future of “Lethal Weapon” appeared to be in doubt.
Crawford played Martin Riggs, a young and impulsive police officer partnered with a senior detective, Roger Murtaugh.
But their televisual escapades are not yet over, as Seann William Scott will be playing Riggs in season 3, expected fall 2018, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Scott’s career took off at the turn of the century thanks to his involvement in the “American Pie” frat comedies as well as “Final Destination,” “Dude, Where’s My Car?” and “Road Trip.”
He went on to voice unhinged opossum Crash in the “Ice Age” animated franchise, co-starred in Richard Kelly’s “Donnie Darko” follow-up, “Southland Tales,” and several live-action comedies including the poorly received “Mr Woodcock,” “Cop Out” and “Just Before I Go” and the much better rated “Goon” and “Role Models.”
He co-starred as Bo Duke in the 2005 film adaptation of TV law enforcement action-comedy “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover played the buddy cop duo in a quartet “Lethal Weapon” movies, the first three of which released between 1987 and 1992.
“Lethal Weapon 4” was released theatrically in 1998; the TV show debuted in September 2016 with its second season arriving a year later.