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Chicago Fire makes major cast change for season 13 – details

The NBC show has seen the departures of some major stars in recent months


Hanko Greensmith as Violet Mikami, Christian Stolte as Mouch, Alberto Rosende as Blake Gallo, Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett, Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey, Taylor Kinney as Kelly Severide, David Eigenberg as Christopher Herrmann, Joe Minoso as Joe Cruz, Miranda Rae Mayo as Stella Kidd, Daniel Kyri as Darren Ritter© Art Streiber/NBC
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
June 24, 2024
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Chicago Fire has made an exciting change to the cast of its upcoming 13th season. Actress Jocelyn Hudon, who plays paramedic Lyla Novak, has been promoted to series regular after one season. 

Lyla was introduced to viewers in season 12 as a freelancer before agreeing to join Violet (Hanako Greensmith) as an official member of the Firehouse 51 team. 

Jocelyn Hudon attends the Cadillac Oscar Week Celebration at Chateau Marmont on February 21, 2019 in Los Angeles, California© Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Cadillac
Jocelyn Hudon has been promoted to series regular

Jocelyn shared the good news on Instagram, posting a screenshot from Deadline's story as well as a photo of a personalised cake adorned with the Chicago Fire logo.

Fans rushed to the comments section to congratulate the 29-year-old, with one person writing: "Congrats! Already love your character," while another added: "Congratulations can't wait to see the future series episodes."

Hanako Greensmith as Violet Mikami, Jocelyn Hudon as Novak in Chicago Fire© Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC
Jocelyn Hudon plays Lyla Novak

Jocelyn is a familiar face on our screens thanks to her various TV roles and was even nominated for Best Actress at the 2024 Mammoth Film Festival after starring in The Fall.

She's perhaps best known for playing Abby in the FX horror drama, The Strain, created by Guillermo del Toro. The Canadian actress has also appeared in Apple TV's Acapulco, NBC's The Irrational and made one-episode appearances in shows such as 9-1-1, Criminal Minds and The Rookie: Feds.

Hanako Greensmith as Violet Mikami, Jocelyn Hudon as Novak in Chicago Fire© Adrian S Burrows Sr/NBC
Novak started as a freelancer before joining Violet Mikami as an official member of Firehouse 51

Jocelyn's promotion isn't the only major change to the Chicago Fire cast in recent months. Not only has newcomer Michael Bradway joined the drama as firefighter Jack Damon, but the show has also seen some surprising departures. 

Rome Flynn's left the series after a short stint as Derrick Gibson, who decided to step down from his job at Firehouse 51 to get help for his prescription pill addiction.

Opening up about his departure, Rome told Variety: "Just like all the fans, I was sad to see Gibson leave. He was a character I very much enjoyed playing."

Rome Flynn as Gibson in Chicago Fire© Getty
Rome Flynn left the show after six episodes

He added: "I had a wonderful experience during my time on Chicago Fire and have great respect for the cast and crew and hope to team up with Dick Wolf again when the time is right."  

Rome isn't the only star to depart the franchise lately. Alberto Rosende, Kara Killmer, and Eamonn Walker have all stepped down from their roles after starring in multiple seasons. 

Alberto's character Blake Gallo made his final appearance in the season 12 premiere when he decided to move to Michigan to be closer to his newly discovered family. Meanwhile, Eamonn is stepping back from playing boss Wallace Boden but will likely return for a number of episodes in some capacity in the future. 

As for Kara, her final storyline saw her on-screen counterpart Sylvie Brett pack her bags for Portland after tying the knot with Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer). 

CHICAGO FIRE -- "A Man's Legacy" Episode 607 -- Pictured: Kara Killmer as Sylvie Brett © Getty Images
Kara Kilmer left the show after season 12

Speaking to TVLine about her exit, Kara teased a possible cameo return. "If you're going to spend 10 years somewhere, you want to spend it in a place like our show, but I'm very excited to see what else is out there on the horizon."

The actress added: "I'm very satisfied with where things end up for Sylvie on Fire. I would be more than happy to pop on anytime.

"[Firehouse] 51 has a unique way of getting itself into trouble, and we love to see familiar faces, and so I'm happy to come back anytime."

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