Christopher Meloni is set to reprise his iconic role as Elliot Stabler.
According to Deadline, the actor, who first brought Stabler to life on “Law & Order: SVU” for 12 seasons, has signed on for the new Dick Wolf-produced drama for Universal Television.
The “SVU” spin-off will follow Stabler as the head of the NYPD’s organized crime unit. Since the drama will take place in New York City, it leaves the potential for a crossover with his former team.
When Meloni left “SVU” after 12 seasons, Stabler was written off as retiring from the police force.
Since exiting the series, Meloni starred in “Happy!”, “Surviving Jack”, “Underground”, “True Blood” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
“Law & Order: SVU” is still airing and is currently in its 21st season starring Mariska Hargitay.
Following the announcement, Meloni’s former co-star, Hargitay, took to Instagram to welcome the actor home.
“Congratulations and welcome home Elliot Stabler #ItsBeenAWhile,” she wrote.
No word on a potential premiere date.