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It's been a year since Isaiah Washington left the halls of Seattle Grace, but the actor's making his big-screen comeback in the upcoming sports drama, Patriots.

In the Weinstein Co.-produced film, Washington will play an assistant high school basketball coach for a team that's assembled in Marrero, Lousiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Based on a true story, the team's coach pulls together players from five different schools and leads them to the state championships. Washington joins Forest Whitaker, Taraji P. Henson ( Boston Legal), Bow Wow and Lil' Wayne, among others, says the Reporter.

Since the Grey's Anatomy incident last year, Washington also appeared in the short-lived Bionic Woman. Could this be his shot at career (and reputation) redemption? Or did you think he'd be back before half-time was over? - Anna Dimond

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