Anika Noni Rose To Topline ‘For Justice’ CBS Civil Rights Pilot Directed By Ava DuVernay
According to Deadline, Anika Noni Rose has been tapped for the lead in CBS’ civil rights crime drama drama pilot For Justice, written by Law & Order veteran Rene Balcer and directed bySelma helmer Ava DuVernay. The project, from CBS Television Studios, James Patterson Entertainment and Tribeca Productions, is based on James Patterson’s debut crime novel, The Thomas Berryman Number.It centers on Special Agent Natalia “Nat” Chappel (Rose), a cool, laser-focused, tough as nails FBI agent who works in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division and finds herself caught between the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen. For Justice touches on the racial aspects of crime that have been stirring a national debate in the past few months with several high-profile cases, including the civil unrests in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Michael Brown, a young black man, by a white cop, and in New York following the accidental death of Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD cops. Rose was among the celebrities who have commented on the issues and took a stand on the grand jury decisions in both cases.
This marks a reunion with CBS for Tony winner Rose who had a recurring role on the network’s drama series The Good Wife.
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