“They Die By Dawn” short film star Isaiah Washington, who was cast as Dr. Preston Burke on the ABC medical drama ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ will return to the long-running Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers medical drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Washington is forgiven by GLAAD and now will guest star for a May episode of the medical drama seven years after he was fired from the series following public war of words that outed the then closeted co-star T.R. Knight.
Grey’s is preparing to say farewell to Sandra Oh, whose Cristina was at one point engaged to marry Washington’s character. Oh is out of Grey’s following the end of its current 10th season wrapping in May.
“It’s important to me that Cristina’s journey unfolds exactly as it should,” showrunner Rhimes said in a statement to THR. “Burke is vital to that journey — he gives her story that full-circle moment we need to properly say goodbye to our beloved Cristina Yang.”
Washington was cast in The CW’s The 100, marking his first series regular role since his firing.
Washington was cast by Jeymes Samuel in the star-studded historically based black western film short “They Die by Dawn.” Directed by Samuel, the film follows the lives of four famous black cowboys in the late 1800s and their intersection with the infamous Stagecoach Mary (Erykah Badu) in Langston, Oklahoma. The film was shot at the Melody Ranch in Los Angeles and made the rounds at SXSW, promoted and underwritten by Bulleit Bourbon.
The short film boasted an impressive cast of actors, including Washington, Erykah Badu, Rosario Dawson, Nate Parker, Michael K Williams, Jesse Williams, Harry Lennix and Giancarlo Esposito.
Rhimes wrung her hands over the firing of Washingtom to The Hollywood Reporter, saying:
“In the beginning, it felt like such a magical place, and to discover that everyone isn’t who you thought they were is very unfortunate. Some awesome things did come out of it though. I found the Callie [Sara Ramirez] and Erica [Brooke Smith] relationship and Owen [Kevin McKidd, Oh’s most recent love interest] in there. There were things that were amazing because they pull you through. A lot of us joke that we have PTSD from that period of time — and we do.”
Grey’s Anatomy airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on ABC. A specific date for his guest turn has not yet been announced.