in “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word
The woman behind “Orange Is the New Black
Burset has signed on to portray another — albeit very different — reformed criminal. Laverne Cox
will star in “Spirited
,” a one-hour drama about a fake psychic who discovers she has genuine powers. The project, executive produced by Elizabeth Banks
, received a put pilot order from ABC. Variety broke the story.
Should the project get picked up to series, “Spirited
” would center on Cox’s character as she “realizes she can really communicate with the dead” and “decides to put her con-woman past behind her and actually start helping people.”Heather Mitchell
(“Scandal,” “Still Star-Crossed
”) will write and exec produce the pilot. Max Handelman
, Banks’ producing partner at Brownstone Productions, will also serve as an Ep.
” marks Cox and Banks’ second TV collaboration. Cox and Meaghan Rath
,” “Being Human
”) starred in the Brownstone-produced ABC pilot “The Trustee
.” The buddy cop comedy didn’t end up going to series.
Cox made TV history this year as the first transgender actress cast as a regular on a broadcast series. She played lawyer Cameron Wirth on CBS’ short-lived Katherine Heigl
legal drama “Doubt
’ Guide to Divorce,” “Grandma
,” and the 2016 TV movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show
: Let’s Do the Time Warp
Again” are among Cox’s other screen credits.
Multi-hyphenate Banks has a bunch of projects in the works. She’s serving as producer on “White Girl Problems
,” a book adaptation helmed by Lauren Palmigiano
, and producing and starring in “Pitch Perfect 3
,” out December 22. Banks made her directorial debut with 2015’s “Pitch Perfect 2
” and is set to helm a reboot of “Charlie’s Angels” that’s scheduled to hit theaters in 2019. Banks appeared on-screen most recently in Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later
to Star in Elizabeth Banks
-Produced Psychic Drama Pilot for ABC was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.