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Patricia Arquette to star in 4th 'CSI' franchise

Patricia Arquette attends a press conference for

Patricia Arquette attends a press conference for "Boyhood" at the 64th Berlinale festival in Berlin, Germany on Feb. 13, 2014. Credit: EPA / Daniel Naupold

Patricia Arquette will star in a pilot for a fourth series in the "CSI" franchise, focusing on cyber-crime. Wednesday said Arquette, 45, will play Special Agent Avery Ryan, head of the FBI's Cyber Crime Division in Quantico, Va. The pilot will air as an episode of CBS' "CSI" this spring, with the network deciding in May whether to proceed to series.

The character is inspired by real-life cyberpsychologist Mary Aiken, director of the CyberPsychology Research Centre of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, who serves as a producer on the project. Anthony E. Zuiker, who created the original, still-running "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" in 2000, will co-write the script.

Arquette, whose actor siblings include Rosanna and David Arquette, starred in the NBC and CBS crime series "Medium" from 2005 to 2011. She most recently played the recurring role of Sally Wheet, love interest of Steve Buscemi's Nucky Thompson, on HBO's series "Boardwalk Empire."

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