Jim Caviezel is a familiar face to CBS audiences thanks to his half decade of work as star of the drama Person of Interest. Unfortunately for fans, Person of Interest came to an end back in 2016, and Caviezel has been absent from the small screen ever since. Now, he's poised to make his big return to TV with a brand new CBS project. He has officially signed on as lead of the network's new Navy SEAL drama pilot.
The project is currently untitled. Jim Caviezel will play Jason, who is the leader of a SEAL assault team that has been through more than a dozen dangerous deployments. Jason is respected among his peers for his dedication and commitment to his job. He leads a group comprised of the self-destructive but well-meaning Sonny, the skilled-but-insecure millennial Clay, the seasoned veteran (and Jason's most trusted friend) Ray, and organized logistics officer Diaz. The pilot is set to follow these five Navy SEALS as they prepare for and undergo missions so dangerous and pivotal that only the SEALS can possibly complete them.
In addition to Jim Caviezel as lead, the cast will be comprised of A.J. Buckley of CSI: NY as Sonny, Max Thieriot of Bates Motel as Clay, Neil Brown Jr. of Straight Outta Compton as Ray, and Toni Trucks of Franklin & Bash as Diaz. The pilot is being written and executive produced by Justified writer Ben Cavell. Also on board as executive producers are Chris Chulack, Sarah Timberman, and Carl Beverly. Variety reports that Chulack is slated to direct the pilot as well.
The Navy SEAL drama will mark Jim Caviezel's first return to television after Person of Interest aired its final episode in the summer of 2016. He played John Reese for more than a hundred episodes and took viewers on a journey into a world in which artificial intelligence directed investigations into all kinds of crimes. Caviezel starred opposite Michael Emerson as Harold Finch, and they led an ensemble that delivered on a weekly basis. We can only hope that the new CBS drama will be as solid a showcase for his skills as an actor as Person of Interest was.
Jim Caviezel is only the latest CBS star to leave one drama and then return for another. Michael Weatherly left NCIS after 13 years as Tony DiNozzo, then was back in the CBS lineup in a matter of months to star in Bull. Shemar Moore left Criminal Minds after 11 seasons, and he's signed on for a CBS pilot based on the 2003 film S.W.A.T. We'll have to wait and see if the Navy SEAL pilot is solid enough that CBS decides to order a new Jim Caviezel show to series.