Brian Tee books first new TV role after leaving Chicago Med

Our beloved Dr. Choi is moving onto another popular show!
Prime Video's "Expats" New York Premiere
Prime Video's "Expats" New York Premiere / Theo Wargo/GettyImages

Brian Tee will always be Dr. Ethan Choi in the eyes of Chicago Med fans. He was an anchor on the medical drama for eight seasons, and we're still holding out hope that he will make a cameo in the near future (Choi still lives in Chicago, after all).

That being said, we're thrilled to see that Tee has joined the cast of the wildly popular Amazon series Reacher. According to Deadline, Tee will be playing Quinn, a ex-Lieutenant Colonel in the Army who has a dubious connection to the title character (Alan Ritchson).

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Brian Tee
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Apparently, Reacher investigated Quinn a decade ago, due to his involvement in the selling of military secrets to hostile nations. The outlet made a point of describing Quinn as a "physical imposing and intimidating presence", which makes us think he will brawl with Reacher (or someone) at some point.

Those who recall Tee's backstory as Dr. Choi will note some parallels. Dr. Choi served as a medic in the Navy before he joined Chicago Med, and even spent time aiding soldiers in Baghdad. Choi also had a tense relationship with a guy he crossed paths with during his service time, Dr. Dean Archer (Steven Weber).

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Granted, Choi and Archer had much more pleasant day-to-day interactions than the ones we expect to get between Quinn and Reacher. Tee has been active since leaving Chicago Med, as he already had a gig on the Amazon series Expats, but Reacher marks the first "new" role that he's booked.

Tee will play a mysterious colonel

Mirelly Taylor, Brian Tee, Madelyn Skyler Takata
Prime Video's "Expats" New York Premiere / John Nacion/GettyImages

The ability to play different characters is precisely why Tee decided to leave Chicago Med after nearly a decade. He issued a statement to Deadline after the announcement of his exit, and he explained:

"I am forever grateful to our fans and my colleagues both in front of and behind the camera as I embark on a new journey."

Tee also cited a desire to spend more time with his family, and to spend more time behind the camera. He's made good on both fronts, as he returned to direct a season 8 episode of Chicago Med after he left.

It's unclear whether his Reacher role will be a short stint of a season-long arc, but either way, we're here for it.

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