'Castle' star Nathan Fillion packs punches and fights crime in ABC's latest series 'The Rookie'

As the newest LAPD recruit, John Nolan, Castle vet Nathan Fillion will finally be stepping into the boots of a police officer on the upcoming series titled "The Rookie".


                            'Castle' star Nathan Fillion packs punches and fights crime in ABC's latest series 'The Rookie'

Almost two years after bidding goodbye to his mystery novelist character, Rick Castle, on the hit cop procedural drama, Nathan Fillion is back to ABC and this time he will be getting a taste of the action, first-hand. 

As the newest LAPD recruit, John Nolan, the actor will finally be stepping into the boots of a police officer on the upcoming series titled "The Rookie",  quite aptly, after all, throughout the eight seasons of "Castle" Fillion spent his leisure time on sleuth work alongside Stana Katic's Detective Beckett.   

The pilot had received a straight-to-series order from ABC last fall and although fans were aware of a new cop drama being in the works, plot details, until now, were kept strictly under the wraps. However, most recently, the network finally put all speculations to rest by unveiling the first look of the show in the form of a teaser video. 



"We got some new blood this morning," a voice announces in the background in the 22-second-long clip as Fillion, decked in his uniform, takes center stage. "Officer Bishop, you get to ride with a 40-year-old rookie."

The teaser soon breaks into an action-packed scene as Fillion's cop character hits the streets, getting down and dirty. There is clearly some concern with regards to his position and capabilities within the department, given the fact that Nolan is beyond what would be considered the right age to become a cop. He is old, and he is determined. And is in no mood to let the opinions pull him down.

"I earned my place here and I am not leaving," Fillion says, on the parting note. 

Read the official synopsis for "The Rookie" below: 

"Starting over isn't easy, especially for small-town guy John Nolan who, after a life-altering incident, is pursuing his dream of being an LAPD officer. As the force's oldest rookie, he's met with skepticism from some higher-ups who see him as just a walking midlife crisis. If he can't keep up with the young cops and the criminals, he'll be risking lives including his own. But if he can use his life experience, determination and sense of humor to give him an edge, he may just become a success in this new chapter of his life.


Asides Fillion in the lead role, a bunch of new and old faces make up the cast of the latest ABC drama, including Afton Williamson as Talia Bishop, Alyssa Diaz as Angela Lopez, Richard T. Jones as Sergeant Wade Grey, Mercedes Mason (Captain Zoe Andersen), Melissa O'Neil (Lucy Chen), and Eric Winter (Tim Bradford).

Castle vet also serves as the executive producer on the show along with Alexi Hawley, Mark Gordon, Michelle Chapman and Jon Steinberg. 

"The Rookie" is expected to air this fall on ABC.