Transgender actress Laverne Cox, best known for her recurring role in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, is slated to co-star in a new transgender-themed CBS legal drama, titled Doubt.
The actress will reportedly play a transgender Ivy League-educated attorney who goes to bat for her clients and doesn’t take “no” for an answer.
Cox’s new character has also been described as being as “competitive as she is compassionate. Fierce, funny and the fact that she’s experienced injustice first hand makes her fight all the harder for her clients.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, the role was created specifically for a transgender character. CBS is apparently trying to strike gold, as Nielsen revealed shows with diverse leads are ranked at the top of television ratings.
Cox, who has also appeared on The View, was the first openly transgender person to receive a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award in the acting category.
The push for diversity in the entertainment industry has apparently impacted pilot season, too, as it has been confirmed that a reboot of the 1989 John Candy film Uncle Buck will feature an all-black cast.
As of yet, no release date has been set for Doubt.