Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black) has been confirmed as the co-lead alongside Meaghan Rath in The Trustee! The ABC one-hour comedy pilot comes from Smurfs writers Jay Scherick and David Ronn, Warner Bros. TV, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s studio-based Brownstone Productions.

Cox is fresh off the CBS midseason legal drama Doubt where she made history as the first transgender actor cast as a regular on a broadcast series! During CBS’ pulling of Doubt after its two airings, ABC and WBTV were in the midst of casting for the role of Amanda Jones in The Trustee and they eventually found their perfect match in Cox.

The Trustee is described as a “fun, female buddy cop comedy about Eliza Radley (Rath), a driven but stubborn detective who finds unlikely help form her precinct’s trustee, Amanda Jones (Cox), a larger-than-life ex-con finishing out her prison sentence doing menial tasks for the police department.” The two come from different sides of the coin in terms of crime and punishment; however, they form an unsuspecting bond.

Cox scored an Emmy nomination for her portrayal as Sophia Burset on Netflix’s Orange Is The Black and is also a Daytime Emmy Award-winning producer of The T Word. Cox has broken major ground as the first Trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show.

This is great news for Laverne Cox as well as for fostering true media representation for the trans community!

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