Many of us were introduced to her as a firefighter-turned-convicted-felon, but now we’ll get to see Laverne Cox on the other side of the law.
According to People, the ‘Orange is the New Black’ star has snagged a lead role in CBS legal pilot, Doubt.
Cox will be playing Cameron Wirth, a transgender Ivy League-educated defense attorney who is described as “competitive as she is compassionate. She’s fierce, funny and the fact that she’s experienced injustice first hand makes her fight all the harder for her clients.”
The script will be written by Grey’s Anatomy producers Joan Rater and Tony Phelan. They will also step in as executive producers alongside Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.
This game-changing casting decision makes Cox the first transgender lead character in the history of network television. Of course, this isn’t the first time the 30-year-old has made history. Last year, she became the first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy for her role as Litchfield Correctional Facility inmate Sophia Burset.
“I feel so blessed to be a vessel for this moment,” she said of her 2014 nomination. “It’s wild because there’s a lot of haters out there, but there’s been so much love … I’ve been really lucky that people have been connecting with me and my story as well.”
We’re pretty thrilled about how diversified network television is becoming. Does “Doubt” sound a series you’ll be interested in checking out?