Emayatzy Corinealdi has been cast in the upcoming CBS drama pilot Red Line.

According to the official synopsis, Red Line follows the events that occur after a white cop in Chicago mistakenly shoots and kills a black doctor. The story is told from the POV of three different families that all have connections with the case.

Corinealdi will play one of the leads, Tia Young, who is described as a formidable, well-educated woman raised on the South Side of Chicago. Tia’s desire to reconnect with the daughter she gave up for adoption might conflict with her aspirations for a political career. Tia is married to Aaron, and they have a 6-year-old son, Benny.

DuVernay will exec produce the series alongside Greg Berlanti, Warner Bros. and his head of television Sarah Schechter.

Corinealdi started her career in a recurring role on the CBS daytime drama, The Young and the Restless and made her feature film debut in DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere which catapulted her career to new heights.  Over the past few years, she won the 14th Annual American Black Film Festival Star Project, a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor, and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

She was later cast in the Amazon drama series Hand of God and as Miles Davis’ wife Frances Taylor in Miles Ahead, opposite Don Cheadle, and was most recently cast in the CBS drama pilot The Get alongside Brad Garrett, andin the HBO series Ballers.



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