Laverne Cox cast as transgender lawyer in CBS legal drama pilot

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox Richard Shotwell, Invision (AP)

Laverne CoxRichard Shotwell, Invision (AP)

Laverne Cox

“Orange Is The New Black” star Laverne Cox, who was the first openly transgender actor to be nominated for an Emmy in 2014, has been cast in CBS’s legal drama pilot “Doubt.”

Variety reports that the project from CBS TV Studios, which was previously unnamed when it was ordered to pilot, revolves around a yet-to-be-cast attorney who gets romantically involved with one of her clients who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.

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Cox will play Cameron Wirth, a transgender Ivy League-educated lawyer “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,” according to the pilot’s description.

The Hollywood Reporter notes the role could be Cox’s largest gig to date since her breakout role in “Orange.”

The GLAAD Award winner has since booked multiple guest roles on series including MTV’s “Faking It,” Bravo’s “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” and most recently, Fox’s “The Mindy Project,” in addition to nabbing an MTV documentary spotlighting transgender youth.

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