Sometimes, guest stars and recurring characters make such a huge impression that they are upped to series regular status in no time. That’s what ultimately happened with Supernatural’s Misha Collins and, more recently, with four of the formerly recurring actors on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Now, NCIS: Los Angeles is following the same path with one character for Season 12.
Caleb Castille has been promoted to series regular for Season 12 of NCIS: Los Angeles. The actor joined the long-running drama near the end of Season 11, playing FBI Special Agent Devin Roundtree. Devin played a decent-sized role in the unintended season finale, assisting Chris O’Donnell’s Callen and LL Cool J’s Hanna on a case involving a SEAL team chief. Castille appeared in just three episodes before being upped to a regular position, and it’s a decision NCIS: LA executive producer Kyle Harimoto is excited about. Here’s what he told Deadline:
We asked our casting directors Susan Bluestein and Jason Kennedy to find us a talented young actor, who was extremely funny, highly athletic, charismatic and had an incredible work ethic. After they finished laughing at us, they started an exhaustive national casting search. We saw Caleb’s work, flew him out to meet with us and knew immediately that he was going to be the person to give life to FBI Agent Devin Roundtree. And now that we have a two-time National Football Champion from the University of Alabama in our cast, we’d like to formally bring back the Entertainment Flag Football League.
As it so happens, Caleb Castille landing a full-time gig in real life will also play out fictitiously for Devin on the show. After being offered a job with NCIS, Devin will have to decide whether it’s the right fit for him and his career. Of course, he will also have to grapple with how his decision will impact the relationship he has with his sister, who’s headed to UCLA to start college.
Caleb Castille has appeared in a number of other TV projects, including a starring role in CBS All Access’ Tell Me a Story and In the Vault, with guest stints on shows like Wu-Tang: An American Saga, 9-1-1, and The Rookie. Castille’s expanded role on NCIS: Los Angeles will no doubt give him a lot more to do as Devin and it’ll be interesting to see how he vibes with the other members of the team on a long-term basis.
NCIS: Los Angeles and other CBS shows won’t premiere until late fall at the earliest. No premiere date has been confirmed just yet, but stay tuned to CinemaBlend for updates. In the meantime, be sure to check out our 2020 fall TV guide for more options.