Laverne Cox Cast As Transgender Attorney In CBS Legal Drama Pilot

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Laverne Cox has been cast in CBS’s legal drama pilot “Doubt” from “Grey’s Anatomy” producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, Variety has learned.

The project from CBS TV Studios, which was previously unnamed when it was ordered to pilot, revolves around a yet-to-be-cast attorney who gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.

The “Orange Is The New Black” star, who was the first openly transgender actor to be nominated for an Emmy in 2014, will play Cameron Wirth, a trans Ivy League-educated lawyer who’s both competitive and compassionate. Described as fierce and funny, Cameron’s own experience with injustice causes her to fight even harder for all of her clients.

Cox’s role is a big move for diversity and transgender actors this pilot season. The character marks the first-ever transgender series regular to be played by a trans actor on broadcast TV.

Rater and Phelan penned the pilot and will exec produce with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.

Cox returns to “Orange Is The New Black’s” third season this summer on Netflix. She is repped by Hartig Hilepo Agency Ltd. and Peikoff Mahan.

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  1. Kiena. Dior says:

    Iam transaxule I can’t wait

  2. susannunes says:

    I hope it flops. Enough is enough with fake people acting out a stereotype.

  3. Drexel says:

    Timberman and Beverly not so classy after all?

  4. joe says:

    Yep more dumb programming. Networks pushing bogus crap on the public.

  5. Clarke says:

    Pathetic.

  6. soakedpancakes says:

    Is she leading the series? The article doesn’t seem to give much info on the weight of her character.

    • Had Enough says:

      ‘Revolves a yet-to-be-cast attorney’ so, no, this wouldn’t be the lead role.

      • If you read the article properly, it states initially “The project from CBS TV Studios, which was previously unnamed when it was ordered to pilot, revolves around a yet-to-be-cast attorney who gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.”

        Move forward through the article to where it mentions the lead character by name. Laverne is the lead character. Sadly, you lack the ability to grasp that in an attempt to diminish Ms. Cox as a person and as actor in the process. It boils down to pure ignorance. Grow up.

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