Annie Ilonzeh Joins the Cast of ABC Drama Pilot ‘Staties’

Actress Annie Ilonze (Empire) has officially joined the ABC drama pilot Staties alongside previously cast Andy Karl and co-star David Zayas.

The pilot revolves around a hard-charging NYPD detective who’s banished to the boonies after a high-profile mistake and is paired with a new partner, Oregon State Trooper Sam King (Karl), whose investigative techniques don’t exactly follow protocol.

The daughter of a criminal, Eliza has got a chip on her shoulder and a lot to prove. Initially with the Brooklyn NYPD, she’s bounced off the force after a one-woman assault on a meth lab leaves a city block in rubble. After getting a job with the Oregon State Police Force — the only squad that would hire her — Eliza is obliged to adjust to an infinitely more easygoing and eccentric team of co-workers.

Ilonze is known for her roles as Maya Ward on General Hospital and Kate Prince in the short-lived ABC reboot of Charlie’s Angels.

We look forward to seeing Ilonze in this upcoming pilot!



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