Even though I know very little about what to expect with this upcoming pilot, I can’t help but be excited about it, given what we know of it so far – namely, the cast.
Catching you up to where we are… it was about 3 weeks ago, when we reported the news that Damon Gupton had landed the lead role in AMC’s untitled Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn project, described as a legal thriller with major political, personal and ethical stakes.
Gupton will play Adam Powell – a district attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case.
Aunjanue Ellis was later announced as co-star alongside Gupton, playing his wife, Billie Powell, described as a successful partner in a private equity firm and generally regarded by others as “the smartest person in the world.“
And about a week later, Seth Gilliam (The Wire) joined the cast in a recurring role, playing Adam’s younger brother, described as “a handsome uniformed cop.“
And today brings news that another stellar actor in Clarke Peters (also of The Wire, but also Treme, and more) has been cast as a regular in the upcoming show. Peters will play Adam’s (Damon’s) father, Isaiah Page, described as a retired cop and the former Philadelphia police commissioner.
Marin Ireland (Homeland, Mildred Pierce) is also co-starring in the project.
LaGravenese will write and executive produce alongside Goldwyn, who will direct. By the way, Goldwyn plays President Fitzgerald Grant on Shonda Rhimes’ Scandal; he’s a director in his own right, helming episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Damages, Private Practice, Dexter, Justified, and others.
I’d say this is shaping up to be, at the very least, a well-acted legal drama/thriller, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what develops here.