Teyonah Parris (Survivor’s Remorse) is set to star as the female lead in CBS drama pilot Murder, based on the BBC miniseries.

The investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.

Parris will play Det. Ayana Lake, a rising star in the NYPD whose keen intellect and quick, analytic mind are the keys to her success. But when she’s partnered with instinctive intuitive Det. Jack Garrity (not yet cast), styles and personalities sometimes clash.

In 2014, Parris had her breakthrough role in the independent film Dear White People. Later in that year, she began starring in the Starz comedy series, Survivor’s Remorse. In 2015, Parris starred in the drama film Chi-Raq directed by Spike Lee, and later that year, she played R&B/Jazz singer Miki Howard in the biopic The Miki Howard Story. Most recently, she starred in the hit Starz series Survivor’s Remorse, which ended its four-season run on Starz last fall, and also recurred as Pamela Rose on Empire. She can be seen next be seen in the upcoming Barry Jenkins film If Beale Street Could Talk, adapted from the James Baldwin novel.

 

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