It's been rumored for several weeks, but now it's official, Laurence Fishburne is joining CSI and William Petersen's exit is final. Fishburne, an Emmy winning actor, will be familiar to audiences from his roles in movies such as What's Love Got To Do With It, The Matrix, and Miss Evers' Boys.
Getting such a high caliber actor to step into the series was quite a coup for CSI producers.
"Without hesitation, we said Laurence Fishburne. He is a powerful and intense actor, with an incredible range. We had the opportunity to see Mr. Fishburne in Thurgood on Broadway a few weeks ago, and it was a truly profound experience. The actor disappeared and Thurgood Marshall was standing there on the stage. Mr. Fishburne is also a talented writer and director. If you distill CSI down to its essence, it's a collaboration-and we are so looking forward to collaborating with Mr. Fishburne. For all of us at CSI, this is truly a dream."
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