AceShowbiz - Not long after departing from "Grey's Anatomy", Sarah Drew has landed a lead role. The actress has been tapped to star in leading role on an upcoming "Cagney & Lacey" reboot on CBS.
According to Deadline, Drew, who exited the ABC medical drama after playing April Kepner for nine seasons, is set to play Cagney, a nimble and easygoing LAPD detective. The 37-year-old actress will star opposite "Blindspot" alum Michelle Hurd. Hurd will be playing athletic, polished, former high-school track and field champion Lacey, who is described as a straightforward veteran detective. Cagney is a protegee of Lacey.
The new iteration of the 1980s series will be written by Bridget Carpenter, whose credits include "Friday Night Lights". Meanwhile, Rosemary Rodriguez ("The Good Wife") will serve behind the lens of the reboot, which follows two female detectives and friends who are trying to keep the streets of Los Angeles safe.
The original series starred Sharon Gless and Tyne Dale. Unlike the reboot, the series, which ran from 1982 to 1988 on CBS, saw Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey as New York City police detectives.
This marks the first gig for Drew after she and co-star Jessica Capshaw, who played pediatric Dr. Arizona Robbins, announced their exit from "Grey's Anatomy" a few days ago. Rumors had it, their departure had something to do with Ellen Pompeo's salary rise. Pompeo, however, quickly denied the rumors. "Its unfortunate that @DEADLINE chooses to try to pit women against eachother on #InternationalWomensDay #shameonyounotme," she wrote on Twitter. "I'm a big girl @DEADLINE can take shots at me if they want but to the fans please don't fall into that trap. This is above my pay grade."
Showrunner Krista Vernoff also echoed Pompeo's remarks, saying that the casting shakeup was done due to creative reason. "The decision to make changes to our cast was a creative one. The only thing as constant on 'Grey's Anatomy' as Ellen Pompeo is our penchant for reinvention. It is a part of our success and what keeps the show exciting. We love these actresses and we love these characters and it felt true and right creatively to wrap up their stories. And that is the whole story," she said.