LAW & Order: SVU’s Chris Meloni looks completely different from his Elliot Stabler character.
These days the actor has been growing a long, white beard.
Chris posted a picture of him boating while wearing a blue, hooded top.
His head was shaved, but he appeared to be growing a greying beard.
The actor wrote: “And now…Deep Thoughts And Peaceful Moments With Friar Chris.”
He showed off his beard in another black and white photo captioned: “Quarantine Update: Ya gonna groom it, groom it all the way.”
In another picture, his daughter gave him a bit of a haircut.
In May it was announced Chris Meloni’s Law & Order: SVU long-time character, Elliot Stabler, would return on the series 22 premiere ahead of his new spinoff.
In an episode of The Law & Order: SVU Podcast, showrunner Warren Leight revealed: “It’s pretty clear that Elliot will be in the SVU season opener.”
He went on: “I think that much I know. Whether we get to see his family as well remains to be seen.”
Chris left SVU in 2011 with Elliot retiring from the New York Police Department.
During his years on the show, he starred opposite Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson.
According to Warren and other writers the plan had been to gradually bring Elliot, and his family, back on to the series.
Warren said: “We had heard distant thunder about Chris Meloni coming back in the fall and we were going to lay a little groundwork for that.
Warren went on: “We were just going to lay some groundwork down in anticipation of Elliot’s return of course in his own series.
“We had the sense that the first episode of next year for SVU was going to bring Elliot back, so we were going to foreshadow that and explain a little more what happened to Simon”
The SVU season premiere will lay the groundwork for how Elliot’s spin-off series launches, in which he runs the NYPD’s Organized Crime Division.
Warren added the SVU opener will forecast “how much crossover will there be between Elliot and Olivia as the season goes on.”
Law & Order: SVU has been renewed through season 24.
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