UPDATED: Coming off a major role on Heroes Reborn, Nazneen Contractor is staying in the NBC fold with a lead role opposite Philip Winchester in the next installment of Dick Wolf’s Chicago franchise for NBC, I have learned. Originally titled Chicago Law, the name of the legal drama has now been changed to Chicago Justice.
The planted spinoff will be introduced in Episode 21 of Chicago PD this season, which will be directed by Jean de Segonzac. Winchester and Contractor will guest star in the episode/backdoor pilot. I hear Contractor will play Assistant State’s Attorney Dawn Harper to Winchester’s lead prosecutor.
Spearheaded by Wolf, Chicago Justice is produced by Universal TV and Wolf Entertainment. It will be the fourth installment in the Chicago franchise and Wolf’s fifth drama on NBC.
Indian-born Contractor, whose series credits include 24 and Covert Affairs, was pursued for multiple projects this pilot season. She is repped by Greene & Associates, Characters Talent Agency, and manager Bernard Kira of BMK-ENT.