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Phylicia Rashad to Star in CBS’ ‘For Justice’ Pilot (EXCLUSIVE)

Phylicia Rashad has been cast as a series regular in CBS’ drama “For Justice,” Variety has learned.

“The Cosby Show” mom will play a gay black woman by the name of Georgina Howe in the pilot, set to be directed by “Selma’s” Ava DuVernay.

Rashad’s character is described has a savvy Washington player who has faced discrimination for her race and sexual orientation, and fights to protect the independence and integrity of her high-profile Civil Rights Division.

The project, based on James Patterson’s novel “The Thomas Berryman Number,” follows a female FBI agent working in the Criminal Section of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division who finds herself caught between her radical real family and her professional family.

“Law & Order” vet Rene Balcer penned the pilot and will serve as exec producer, alongside DuVernay, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, James Patterson, Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout. Berry Welsh will co-exec produce. CBS TV is the studio.

Rashad is repped by Innovative Artists and Johnnie Planco at Parseghian Planco/Untitled Entertainment.

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