Amir Arison leaves NBC series, and so does Laura Sohn – Deadline

exclusive: blacklist Saying goodbye to regulars on both series, including one of the longest-serving cast members on NBC, Amir Arison. The actor, who has played Aram Mojtabi for the past nine seasons, is set to make his Broadway debut this summer in the starring role of Amir. a kite chaser.

There are also departures Laura Thorne, who has played FBI agent Alina Park for the past three seasons. The exits of both characters were revealed tonight in the Season 9 finale.

Blacklist – Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai
Photography: Wil Hart/NBC

While Arison leaves as a series regular, the door remains open for his cameo appearance in season 10.His departure comes a year after another major blacklist In the season 8 finale, original heroine Megan Boone signed off.

“I am honored to play Aram Mojtabai for 9 years blacklist,” Arison said in a statement to Deadline. “I was fortunate to have worked and evolved with this extraordinary cast, crew, writer and producer for 9 years. However, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream of playing ‘Amir’ on Broadway. a kite chaser The stage adaptation is both breathtaking and timely. The producers, studio and network have been very supportive of my decision, and Aram is still “alive” and will likely return at some point. As far as the story goes, taking this step feels very organic with the events of last season, and I couldn’t ask for a better outcome. “

Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai

Spoiler alert: Beyond that, there are details on the Season 9 finale blacklist.

In the finale (more on this later), Alam announces that he will be taking some time off and plans to “maybe [catch] A Broadway Show,” he took a step back from an intense story performance that culminated in the most recent episode of “Bear Mask,” underscoring the importance of mental health.

Arison joins blacklist As a regular in Season 1 and promoted to regular in Season 2. He’s one of four Season 9 regulars who have been on the show since Season 1, alongside stars James Spader, Diego Krattenhoff, Harry Lennix and Hisham Taufik .

“Amir has always been blacklist family,” executive producer/showrunner John Eisendrass said in a statement to Deadline. “He’s a great actor and a better person. We wish him all the best and hope he reprises the role next year for some very special episodes. “

Laura Thorne as Alina Park

Mr. Sun joined blacklist As a recurring feature in Season 7, it has been promoted to a regular series starting in Season 8. She will leave the series to pursue other projects.

Tonight’s season 9 finale begins with Harold (Lennix), Dembe (Tawfiq), Red (Spader), and Alina (Sohn) looking for Marvin (Fisher Stevens), who is later on a private jet ready to fly to Cuba be found. Marvin is detained and offers Cynthia (Deirdre Lovejoy) a deal to replace Red with the task force and arrest him. Marvin tells Cynthia that he will create a new task force and provide justice with a steady stream of criminals. Reed later threatened to kill Marvin, who plotted to kill Elizabeth Keene, but Marvin eventually took his own life, shooting himself in his car after he was released.

(LR) Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler, Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper, Laura Sohn as Alina Park, Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma, Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai
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By the end of the episode, Marvin is dead, Cooper cleared of charges related to Doug Coster’s death, Task Force Reddington will continue, and teams gather at Liz’s grave to commemorate her death three anniversary. While honoring Liz at the cemetery, Alam announced to the team that he had decided to take some time off.

“It’s been three years since we lost Elizabeth. In some ways, it got easier. But for the most part, it still hurts,” Aram said. “I hope I don’t cry when I do this…this part won’t be easier. After much thought, I’ve decided to take some time off. I don’t know how long it’s going to be, but I know…leave.”

He continued: “My plan didn’t have a plan. I found a cool place in Brooklyn. I’m going there, just you know ride my bike, go to New York, eat a lot of pizza, see the people, maybe Broadway The show. Anyway, I know we’re here to talk about Elizabeth, but I’ve always wanted to tell you.”

Sohn’s Alina also announced to the team in the final scene that she was pregnant, and after an appointment with the bureau’s neurologist, told them it might be the cause of the headache she’d been experiencing and had recently worsened, but not until she knew The reason, of course, was her decision to take sick leave.

In the final scene, we see Qin Han reprise his role as Wu Jing, one of the earliest blacklists in the first season, who learns from Marvin that Reid is actually the FBI informant responsible for imprisoning him , he escaped. Wu Jing is free now, and instead of going home, he has his sights set on killing Xiaohong – but he won’t fight alone. He has a list provided by Gerrard of other blacklists he could recruit to fight Reddington – setting the stage for Season 10.

blacklist Produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios and Universal Television, a division of Universal Pictures Group. Eisendrath, series creator Jon Bokenkamp, ​​John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment, Spader, Lukas Reiter, Laura A. Benson, Daniel Cerone, Sean Hennen, Allison Glock-Cooper and T Cooper are executive producers.

Allison leads and narrates a kite chaser, Based on the New York Times bestselling novel, this is an unforgettable story of friendship that spans cultures and continents. Set in Afghanistan, it follows a man’s journey to confront his past and seek redemption. Following the West End show, the show will begin on July 6 and run for a limited time until October 30, with opening night scheduled for July 21.

On TV, Arison also recently appeared in a limited series on Hulu dropout Starring Amanda Seyfried.His other TV credits include recurring appearances and cameos on the show, including Law & Order: SVU, American Horror Story, Rummy, Billions, Bulls, Homeland and girls. On the film side, he recently starred in independent dramas . 20 weeks.

Arison is currently directing a documentary about working with 8-year-old cancer survivor Tatianna Bernard on Tati’s fashion show and its impact on her health and family life. He is the recipient of MIFF’s Mendez Award for individuals in the entertainment industry who use his platform to give back, and most recently received the SJFF Pomegranate Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sun Zhengyi also made a cameo NCIS: New Orleans, God Friend Me and intuition.

Allison is represented by Sweet 180 and Meyer and Downs.