Jesse Lee Soffer is making the jump to filmmaking. The actor who delighted us for a decade as Jay Halstead is now stepping behind the camera to direct an episode of Chicago PD. It’s been teased for several months now, and all signs point to it being one of the best episodes of the season!
Soffer has posted photos from the set, and the PD cast have been forthright about praising their former co-star and his staging of scenes. Given how well things have seemingly gone, some fans might be wondering if Soffer has plans to direct again. Is he going to be doing more episodes of Chicago PD in the future?
Is Jesse Lee Soffer coming back to Chicago PD?
Unfortunately, Soffer has not yet signed on for future episodes. Based on his social media timeline, the episode was shot a month or so ago, meaning PD is already looking towards its season 10 finale. With network TV, it’s crucial to stay a few episodes ahead.
Chicago PD rarely announces the directors of their episodes ahead of time, and the only reason we’ve known about Soffer’s episode for so long is because fans wanted to know whether or not he was still involved with the franchise.
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While this lack of information can be frustrating, it does mean that Soffer will agree to direct more episodes in the future, and fans won’t be made aware of his involvement until he decides to post about it on Instagram. He clearly enjoyed his experience behind the camera, so we don’t think it would be a stretch that he would want to return.
On the topic of directing, Soffer told Variety that it took some time before he felt comfortable. “Some of it was effortless. Some of it was frustrating,” he said. “Some of it was super rewarding. Some of it was humbling. It was easier than I thought it was gonna be, because we’re storytellers in this industry, and I love telling stories.”
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