We May Be Saying Goodbye to Jackson Avery, but Here's Where to Watch Jesse Williams Next
Sad news, Grey's Anatomy fans: Jesse Williams is leaving the show after 12 glorious seasons. His character Jackson Avery's exit was confirmed during the May 6 episode, "Look Up Child," and the actor later elaborated in an interview with People, saying he "will forever be grateful for the boundless opportunities provided me by Shonda [Rhimes], the network, studio, fellow cast mates, our incredible crew, Krista [Vernoff], Ellen [Pompeo] and Debbie [Allen]." He continued, "The experience and endurance born of creating nearly 300 hours of leading global television is a gift I'll carry always. I am immensely proud of our work, our impact and to be moving forward with so many tools, opportunities, allies and dear friends."
Williams has played the plastic surgeon since season six of the medical drama series, and his final episode will be "Tradition," which will air on May 20. Though Williams didn't reveal the reason for his departure, his current two-year contract is ending after this season, so that means he won't be appearing on season 18, which was just renewed. However, that doesn't necessarily mean this is the last we'll be seeing of him. In fact, Williams already has several projects lined up after Grey's Anatomy. Here's where you can watch him next.
Williams will be starring alongside Winston Duke and DeWanda Wise in the upcoming Amazon Studios film, which is partially based on the Colin Grant biography Negro With a Hat: The Rise and Fall of Marcus Garvey. The movie, which is set in the 1920s, centers on "a young Black man who joins J. Edgar Hoover's Federal Bureau of Investigation and then infiltrates Garvey's UNIA organization," according to Deadline. No release date has been announced yet.
Take Me Out
After Take Me Out was put on hold in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the revival of Richard Greenberg's 2003 play is finally making its way to Broadway sometime this year. Performances were initially supposed to begin in March, but Broadway isn't officially opening until September, and a new date has yet to be announced. Take Me Out follows an MLB baseball team as one of its players comes out. The cast also includes Patrick J. Adams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
Not only is Williams starring in Team Joy, but he's also serving as a producer on the film, which follows the relationship between "a father and daughter grifter team that begins to unravel when the teenager's conscious gives her second thoughts." Fernanda Diniz will be starring alongside Williams as his love interest, though a release date has not been announced yet.