Paula Patton Lands Lead Role In ABC Drama Pilot ‘Runner’

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Paula Patton will star in ABC’s drama pilot “Runner,” Variety has learned.

Patton will play the lead, Lauren Marks, a woman whose perfect life is torn apart by one twist of fate. To uncover the truth, Lauren must follow a trail of lies that take her into the world of cartels and the illegal gun trade between the U.S. and Mexico.

Australian director Michael Offer (“How to Get Away With Murder,” “Longmire”) will direct the pilot from 20th Century Fox and ABC Studios. “Runner” was penned by Michael Cooney, who will exec produce with Peter Horton, Ian Sander, Kim Moses and Jon Cowan, with Cowan as showrunner.

The project marks Patton’s first-ever TV series as a regular. She co-starred in “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol” with Tom Cruise, “Deja Vu” with Denzel Washington and “Precious.” Patton will also star in “Warcraft,” alongside Travis Fimmel and Dominic Cooper, set to hit theaters in 2016.

Patton is repped by CAA; Brian Medavoy and Erwin More of More Medavoy; and Shelby Weiser and Jason Sloane of Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern.

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  1. Pam says:

    Great news for someone who has demonstrated poise and class under pressure. And that is pretty rare in Hollywood.

  2. Camille King says:


  3. Jerry says:

    This show won’t last long. She isn’t lead material. Let alone act.I give it one episode

  4. shemitch says:

    probabaly will be one of the first series of the new year cancelled. She is so not a lead. Part of an emsemble, yes. Lead- absolutely not.

  5. veronica says:

    Good for her. Take it down Paula!

  6. cdhaskell says:

    I hope that the series will be pick up for the 2015-2016 lineup.

  7. zyggie says:

    Wish her well. I also hope she has taken acting lessons.

  8. Ms. K says:

    Good for her. I hope she does a good job and hopefully the show will be a hit.

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