What Is Christopher Jackson Doing After 'Hamilton'? The Actor's Schedule Is Fully Booked
Adding to the great list of 2016 tragedies, the Hamilton family has suffered a massive loss recently. Nov. 13 saw Christopher Jackson finishing up his run on Hamilton after he originated the role of George Washington in the early aughts of the show's workshop. And, while it's daunting to think that Jackson would abandon his Tony Award nominated role, it also looks like he's taking a large step away from Broadway. So if you're curious about what Jackson is doing after Hamilton , you might want to leave the stage and turn to the screen. Multiple screens, actually.
In case it slipped under your radar, Jackson was pulling double shifts by playing both Washington in the hit musical and Chuck Palmer on CBS's Bull. The dramedy sees Michael Weatherly's character Dr. Jason Bull as the founder of a trial consultation firm, with Jackson's Chuck stepping in as the team's style consultant. With Bull picked up for a full 22 episode season, it looks like Jackson is set up with at least one solid gig for a while.
But don't think he's already forgotten about his Hamilton cast mates and comrades. In fact, bigger and better collaborations are set for the future.
Since Hamilton creator Lin Manuel-Miranda has been working hard as the primary song-writer for Disney's Moana, he's been tapping some of his talent to join in on the upcoming Pacific Island Princess movie. After testing the waters and lending his vocals to some of the film's early demos, it was reported that Jackson would be sharing the role of Chief Tui Waialiki, Moana's overprotective father. Although Temuera Morrison will be primarily playing the Motunui Island leader, Jackson will be providing the singing voice. Honestly, it sounds like a safe casting decisions, considering he's already had plenty of experience portraying our founding father and first president.
Beyond that, Jackson is still lending his voice for the good of our nation. He recently sang "America the Beautiful" at the Brennan Center for Justice Awards Dinner, and has been actively supporting Miranda and his Hamilton cast mates in the wake of the 2016 election results. "Proud of my @HamiltonMusical peeps. Y'all make me So Very proud," he tweeted after his former cast mates made a statement to Vice President elect Mike Pence to "uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us."
Overall, Jackson is nothing but busy following his tenure at Hamilton, and he's mostly pleased about it. Back in October, Variety asked Jackson if he was looking to work on his own projects in the near future, and although he answered, "Yes," he admitted it might be a while until they became a reality. "My most important jobs are to be a father and a husband, and so some things have to wait. But I’m not going nowhere," He said. "And while tomorrow’s not promised, today’s really awesome."
It's been nice having Washington on our side, but it's time to let Jackson go and conquer the entertainment world... and it looks like he already has a solid head start on that.