Felicity Huffman cast in lead role of ABC's 'American Crime' pilot

By Kyle Johnson,

Desperate Housewives alum Felicity Huffman has been cast to star in a new pilot for an ABC drama series.

The show is called American Crime and is an hour-long drama written by John Ridley, who just won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave, reports Deadline. Ridley is also an executive producer on the project.

Huffman will star alongside former Leverage star Timothy Hutton. American Crime will follow those involved in a war veteran's murder that had racial undertones. Huffman's character, Barb Skokie, was the mother of the veteran who was killed. She is also the ex-wife of Hutton's character Russ.

Their relationship ended as he spent time gambling while she tried to raise two kids essentially by herself. She was forced to live in an environment that was full of tension and racial problems and wants answers for her son's murder.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, this pilot is Huffman's latest attempt to return to television after a pilot from last season, Boomerang, was not picked up.

Others in American Crime include Johnny Ortiz, Caitlin Gerard, Richard Cabral, Elvis Nolasco and W. Earl Brown.

image: By Maxamegalon2000 (Image:Huffman.jpg; see there for original source.) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons



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