This Is Us season 3 has just confirmed some of the latest casting news, but it’s fair to say that this one is a surprise for many different reasons.
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According to a new report from Deadline, actor Griffin Dunne has been cast in a recurring role coming up as the older version of Nicky Pearson. There are of course a couple of different reasons why this is surprising. For starters, Nicky being alive is something that many fans out there didn’t see coming through most of the past year. The assumption that we’ve long made when it comes to the show is that Nicky is dead … mostly because that is the way the needle pointed. What they never realized along the way is that Jack’s brother was actually very much within the Pearsons’ own backyard.
The other big surprise here is that Michael Angarano, who has been playing the part in the past for the bulk of this season, is not going to put on a ton of makeup and play the older version of this guy. In a lot of ways, that’s disappointing since that’s been a part of the fun with this show — yet, we have to imagine that there is a good reason for it, including that the older Nicky may be in so many scenes that it could have been taxing to do the makeup for a lengthy period of time. Dunne is a great actor, so he will be more than capable of pulling all of this off.
Still, when you think about it, typically the only times we see different actors playing the same character on this show are when kids are involved.
Our biggest question with Nicky
Let’s just put it this way — we’re more than curious how much Jack knew about all of this. Did he really just store Nicky in the back of his mind, or did he actually think that he was dead? This is important since it could change the perception of Jack in the eyes of others. It’s a huge secret to keep from your family that your brother is actually alive, so we do need to get the other side of that Vietnam flashback and understand better some of what’s coming on the other side.
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