Christopher Jackson is yielding his power and stepping away from Hamilton.
The actor, who earned a Tony nomination for originating the role of George Washington in the hit Broadway musical, will be departing the production on Nov. 13.
“Being a part of the Hamilton family has been the most thrilling and rewarding experience of my career,” Jackson said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I will forever be indebted to [creator Lin-Manuel Miranda], [director Thomas Kail], and our amazing producers and creative team for the trust they’ve shown me onstage and off. I look forward to the next chapter.”
He also shared the news on Twitter, writing, “My life is forever changed for the better. Thank You @Lin_Manuel @HamiltonMusical #whatsnext.”
Miranda also tweeted a goodbye for Jackson, adding that Jackson’s voice will be heard in his upcoming Disney animated adventure Moana.
Jackson previously teamed with Miranda on his first Tony-winning musical, In the Heights. His other Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers, After Midnight, The Lion King, Memphis, and Hollar If Ya Hear Me. Off-stage, he’s appeared on Nurse Jackie, White Collar, The Good Wife, Person of Interest, and can currently be seen on CBS’ Bull.
THR reports that Nicholas Christopher, who has played Washington throughout the summer, will take over the role through the end of 2016, beginning on Nov. 15. Before Jackson exits the show, he and the rest of the original Hamilton Broadway cast can be seen in the documentary Hamilton’s America, which premieres Oct. 21 on PBS.