Variety reports that Forest Whitaker will be checking into County General this fall, taking over for Andre Braugher in 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 big screen instead, co-starring in the Fox sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which is in pre-production.