We’ve got a new doctor! Chicago Med announced that it would looking to add a cast member following the exits of veteran actors like Nick Gehlfuss and Brian Tee, and the show has done just that as it gears up for production on its ninth season.
The new doctor in question is named Mitch Ripley, who is a physician in his mid-30s who has a previously established friendship with Dr. Charles (Oliver Platt). An earlier report from TV Line confirmed that Ripley comes from a troubled background, and was helped by Dr. Charles at an early age, thus explaining their long connection.
Who plays the new doctor on Chicago Med season 9?
Ripley will be played by actor Luke Mitchell, who is perhaps best known for his stint on the MCU show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, where he played an Inhuman named Lincoln Campbell. This is actually the second time that the One Chicago franchise has cast a former Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D actor, with the first being Brett Dalton as Lieutenant Jason Pelham on Chicago Fire.
That isn’t the only connection that Mitchell has with One Chicago. He made his acting debut on the Australian soap opera Neighbors in 2008, which is also where Chicago Fire actor Jesse Spencer got his start. While their characters didn’t overlap (Neighbors has been running since 1994, after all), it is a funny similarity.
Some of Mitchell’s other credits include the shows Home and Away (2009-13) and The Tomorrow People (2013-14), both of which provided leading roles, and The CW series Legacies (2018-22), in which he had a recurring role. His most recent TV appearance was on the 2022 drama Big Sky, and he also starred in the Amazon thriller Without Remorse (2021) alongside Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan.
While Mitch Ripley is meant to fill in the void left by characters by Dr. Will Halstead (Gehlfuss) and Ethan Choi (Tee), Chicago Med writers are going to take their time introducing him. TV Line states that the character will be recurring rather initially, to make sure that he gels with the rest of the cast and the viewers. This is a smart move, given that the last couple attempts to bring in new Chicago Med characters have resulted in them leaving the show prematurely.
The outlet also stated that there’s a potential for Mitch Ripley to be promoted to series regular in season 10, assuming everything goes smoothly and Mitchell decides to stick around. We’re frankly curious to see how the new character acclimates to Gaffney Medical Center, and excited to see what he brings to the table that we haven’t seen before.
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