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The Hilarious Thing Jesse Lee Soffer Does On The Set Of Chicago P.D. To Make People Laugh

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“Chicago P.D.” follows a team of law enforcement agents from the Intelligence Unit of the fictional 21st District in the Windy City who solve one sobering case after another, often centering around child abduction, sexual assault, and drug trafficking, among other storylines. It’s pretty heavy stuff, to say the least. Yet the “P.D.” cast still knows how to have fun in their downtime.

One person who keeps the rest of the cast cracking up is Jesse Lee Soffer, who plays Detective Jay Halstead.

“[Jesse’s] really good at impressions,” says Marina Squerciati, who adds that one of his biggest targets is Jason Beghe, who portrays Sergeant Hank Voight. “He can inhabit someone’s physicality and voice incredibly, not just Jason’s, anyone’s. He’ll pick up on a little something [that they do]. It’s pretty incredible.”

Those on-set impressions have led Squerciati to joke that there’s a potentially darker path for Soffer to go down on “P.D.” “He should be a psychopath in an episode,” she says. “Because of his ability to literally make a movement, and you’re like, ‘Oh my God, he’s Patty [Patrick John Flueger]. He’s turned into Patty.’ It’s pretty cool.”

Season 9 of “Chicago P.D.” airs Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Star Wars Trilogy from The Last Jedi Director Rian Johnson is Still Happening

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The next sentence will either be good or bad news for Star Wars fans, depending on which side of the sharp divide you fall down on when it comes to 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson’s Star Wars trilogy is still happening. Speaking with Vanity Fair, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy revealed that Rian Johnson, who of course helmed the most divisive Star Wars movie of them all, will return to a galaxy far, far away. Eventually.

“Rian has been unbelievably busy with Knives Out and the deal that he made at Netflix for multiple movies,” Kennedy said, while revealing that Lucasfilm is still planning to go ahead with Rian Johnson’s proposed Star Wars trilogy.

While he may be busy, it certainly sounds like the plan is still to bring Rian Johnson back for more. As soon as he has some time, that is. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second installment in the Disney sequel trilogy, and brings Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence to an end when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy.

The movie takes some major swings with the Star Wars franchise, subverting certain expectations in an effort to meet fan theories head on, and depicting characters in ways that many did not see coming. This resulted in divides among both critics and audiences (for context The Last Jedi holds a rating of 91% from the former and 42% from the latter on Rotten Tomatoes) and even within Star Wars fans themselves. While some were captivated by the changes and direction undertaken by Johnson, others felt that the movie could be nothing less than the first sign of the apocalypse.

Following such a divisive response, it was rumored for some time that any further plans featuring Rian Johnson had been scrapped. But, thanks to this new report, it sounds like that is far from the case, and instead the studio is simply waiting for the director to have some free time in his bust calendar.

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Unfortunately, we still have no idea what Rian Johnson’s planned trilogy will involve, though many suspect that it will be a sequel to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, following the mysterious force-sensitive broom boy last seen in The Last Jedi.

Thankfully, there is still plenty to look forward for Star Wars fans, including the release of Obi-Wan Kenobi later this month, further seasons of the hit series The Mandalorian, various spinoffs including a show centered on Ahsoka, and much more.

Director Rian Johnson is indeed extremely busy right now, with the filmmaker currently working on several sequels to his critically acclaimed whodunnit mystery, Knives Out. The first follow-up, Knives Out 2, is expected to land on Netflix later this year and stars an ensemble cast consisting of Dave Bautista, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Madelyn Cline, Jessica Henwick, and Ethan Hawke.

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The Chicago P.D. Star You Likely Forgot Starred In Footloose

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Age-wise, it’s easy to assume that the only member of the main cast who might’ve starred in the original, 1984 “Footloose” would be Jason Beghe. As fun as it would be to see young Hank Voight rock out on the dancefloor, this isn’t the case. The true “Footloose” star in the “Chicago P.D.” cast is none other than Patrick John Flueger. The actor is known in the “One Chicago” franchise as Detective Adam Ruzek, but before his TV cop days, he appeared in the 2011 remake as the villainous Chuck Cranston. Chuck is the bad boyfriend of main character Ariel (Julianne Hough), and Flueger takes over from Jim Youngs, who first played the character in the 1984 version. 

While remakes sometimes get a bad rap, “Footloose” 2011 holds the distinction of being more critically appreciated than the original. Flueger’s version of the movie has a decent 68 percent Tomatometer rating on Rotten Tomatoes, while the original has a much less impressive 51 percent rating (via Rotten Tomatoes). 

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