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Transgender actress Laverne Cox cast in CBS drama pilot

Actress and transgender activist Laverne Cox will star

Actress and transgender activist Laverne Cox will star in a new CBS series. Credit: Getty / Bryan Bedder

"Orange Is the New Black" cast member Laverne Cox, the first openly transgender performer to be nominated for an acting Emmy, will co-star in "Doubt," a pilot for a CBS legal drama.

Variety and other trade publications reported on Wednesday that Cox will play Cameron Wirth, a transgender, Ivy League-educated attorney described in casting notices as "fierce, funny" and as "competitive as she is compassionate," who has "experienced injustice firsthand." Still to be cast is the starring role of a successful defense attorney at a boutique firm who becomes romantically involved with one of her clients, who is on trial for a brutal crime.

The pilot was created by husband-and-wife writer-producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, who have served as executive producers on "Grey's Anatomy" and "Madam Secretary."

Cox, who plays transgender prison inmate Sophia Burset in the Netflix comedy-drama "Orange Is the New Black," last year became the first openly trans person to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for acting.

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