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Smash Alum Will Chase Books Big Nashville Role

WillChaseWill Chase can check “Romancing another lovely primetime redhead” off his to-do list: The Smash vet has been cast as Connie Britton’s potential love interest in Nashville‘s upcoming season. 

Chase will play Luke, a country music star who just might capture Rayna’s hurting heart on the ABC drama, TVLine has confirmed.

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The Tony nominee left a starring role in the forthcoming musical theater adaptation of Little Miss Sunshine to take the Nashville gig, according to Broadway.com, which first reported the casting.

Nashville showrunner Dee Johnson recently hinted to TVLine that “Rayna does get involved with… a musical star of equal or greater stature, which proves interesting.”

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At the moment, ABC isn’t releasing any information about how long Luke will be in Ms. Jaymes’ orbit — or how/whether he’ll compete with Oliver Hudson’s businessman, who also may squire a post-Deacon Rayna.

Smash fans will remember Broadway vet Chase as Michael Swift, Julia’s lover who — for a time — played Bombshell‘s Joe DiMaggio. Bottom line: The guys got the pipes for the Nashville gig.

Chase’s other TV credits include The Good Wife, Necessary RoughnessWhite Collar and Rescue Me.

Nashville‘s second season bows Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 10/9c.