Katherine Heigl Joins Laverne Cox in CBS Legal Drama

The 'Big Wedding' actress replaces KaDee Strickland in the lead role of Sadie, a smart, successful defense lawyer.

AceShowbiz - %cKatherine Heigl% is plotting her TV return with CBS drama pilot. She has landed a lead role in "Doubt" from "Grey's Anatomy" executive producers Tony Phelan and Joan Rater. This project, thus, marks a reunion for the three.

Heigl will star as Sadie, who is described as a "smart, chic, successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who shockingly gets romantically involved with one of her clients, who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime."

She takes over the lead role from "Private Practice" alum %cKaDee Strickland%, who was originally cast to play Sadie. The drama will likely also recast the male lead %cTeddy Sears%. Other stars on board the project include %cLaverne Cox%, %cDule Hill%, %cDreama Walker% and %cElliott Gould%.

Heigl, who mostly focused on her movie career following her "Grey's" exit, recently made a comeback to small screen on NBC's "State of Affairs", but the drama thriller was canceled after only one season.

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