Whitaker will visit the ‘E.R.’

Thesp will take over for Braugher

Forest Whitaker will be checking into County General this fall, taking over for Andre Braugher in a multiepisode arc of “ER” that begins Oct. 19.

Braugher, an NBC veteran from his days on “Homicide: Life on the Street,” was supposed to play a patient who enters the hospital with a seemingly innocent cough but suffers a stroke while waiting to be treated. He’ll be heading to the bigscreen instead, co-starring in the Fox sequel “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer,” which is in pre-production.

Whitaker is currently co-starring on FX cop skein “The Shield” and plays Uganda dictator Idi Amin in Fox Searchlight’s “The Last Kind of Scotland,” to be released Sept. 27.

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