Messiah trailer includes two Chicago PD alumni in new Netflix drama

A still from the Netflix original series Messiah. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Netflix.
A still from the Netflix original series Messiah. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Netflix. /

Netflix’s new Messiah trailer is the first look at the upcoming drama series, which counts two Chicago PD performers amongst its cast.

Netflix has released the first trailer for its new series Messiah, and Chicago PD fans will recognize two familiar faces.

Messiah is a thriller with a spiritual emphasis, as the plot centers on a man that may or may not be a modern Jesus Christ (played by Mehdi Dehbi). His so-called “miracles” gain him worldwide notice and a CIA agent (Michelle Monaghan, The Path) is sent to find out his true identity—and his actual mission.

Throughout the investigation, the show includes perspectives of those affected by the mysterious man’s work, including a reporter following the story (Jane Adams), a refugee (Sayyid El Alami), and a preacher (John Ortiz, Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).

Also among the supporting cast are Chicago PD alums Barbara Eve Harris and Wil Traval.

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Traval appeared during Chicago PD season 5 as Sean McGrady, who had a thorny past with Hailey Upton (Tracy Spiridakos), during the episode “Fallen.” His character in Messiah is Will Matthews, an FBI agent who teams up with Monaghan’s Eva Geller, but doesn’t always agree with her.

Harris portrayed Commander Emma Crowley, the former supervisor of the Intelligence Unit. She hasn’t been seen since season 4. Her character in this series is likewise in a supervisor role, as Katherine Bailey is Eva’s boss at the CIA.

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The show’s producers include Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, who previously produced The Bible for History and A.D.: The Bible Continues for NBC, so there’s likely to be a heavy spiritual angle in Messiah (as if that wasn’t a given from the show’s premise).

It also looks like it’s going to be incredibly wide in scope, telling multiple stories that it’s going to weave together across the ten-episode season. That’s pretty ambitious, because it means that writers (and the viewers) have to keep all those stories straight!

But it’s definitely a different idea for a drama, and if you’re looking for something to watch that has some connection to the One Chicago franchise, you can check out what these two actors have been doing now.

Watch the Messiah trailer below. The series premieres on New Year’s Day, exclusively on Netflix.

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