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Seann William Scott to replace Clayne Crawford on Lethal Weapon TV series

American Pie: Reunion

Story by Jack Foley

FORMER American Pie favourite Seann William Scott (aka Stifler) is to replace Clayne Crawford as one of the leads on the Lethal Weapon TV series.

However, he will not be playing Martin Riggs. Rather, Scott will join the series in what Fox and Warner Bros Television are describing as a new character who folds into a partnership with Murtaugh (Damon Wayans).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, speculation is mounting that he may play the brother to Crawford’s Riggs, thus keeping the well-known name in the mix.

But it means that Lethal Weapon will at least get one more series [its third] following doubts that it would not be able to continue in the wake of the decision to fire Crawford from the drama for bad behaviour on the set of the drama.

Crawford did attempt to atone for bad behaviour by apologising for two incidents for which he was reprimanded during the sophomore season.

But Warners have now confirmed that, in spite of this, Crawford will not return to the drama. A statement read: “Warner Bros. Television has decided not to renew Clayne Crawford’s contract for Lethal Weapon.”

Commenting on Scott as his replacement, Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn said: “Seann is a fantastic addition to this already amazing cast. Lethal Weapon is packed with action, drama and pure fun and we can’t wait to see Damon and Seann together on screen.

“[Showrunner] Matt Miller, his incredible team and everyone at Warner Bros. have been tremendous partners, and we’re thrilled to bring this show back for another season.”

Lethal Weapon is Fox’s fifth-most-watched drama in the US, trailing only 911, Empire, The Gifted and The Resident, all of which have also been renewed.

Scott, for his part, will be making Lethal Weapon his first TV series regular role. He was previously attached to star in Amy Poehler comedy The Baby for NBC in 2016 but the script never moved forward.

Aside from the American Pie franchise, Scott is also known for the comedies Dude, Where’s My Car, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back and cult favourite hockey drama Goon.

Crawford, meanwhile, has issued his own response to the news of the third season pick-up, taking to his Instagram account to write: “To my cast and crew — CONGRATULATIONS on season 3! To the Fans — Thank you for the overwhelming support and love. Riggs was a dream role and the experience will live with me forever. My heart is full. Good Luck nxt season!!”