TNT's new legal drama 'Guilt By Association' has finally found its leading lady. Julia Stiles has officially been tapped to star in the pilot, which is based on former prosecutor Marcia Clark's book of the same name.
The series will center around three women: impulsive deputy district attorney Rachel Knight, tough-as-nails LAPD detective Bailey Keller (Elisabeth Rohm), and fashionable prosecutor Toni LaCollette (Rose Rollins) — all of whom end up involved in the same cases.
Stiles will take on the role of Rachel — a talented deputy district attorney in the L.A. County District Attorney's Office, who has a tendency to sometimes operate outside the law in order to uphold it. Driven by compassion, but haunted by guilt, Rachel tackles the department's most difficult cases and does so with humor and a little bit of an edge.
However, when the suspicious death of a close colleague throws her own judgment into question, she must rely on her connections and instincts to solve the case and clear her friend's name. Unorthodox and maybe even slightly self-destructive, Rachel will stop at nothing to uncover the truth.
This will mark Stiles' first turn as a TV series regular should 'Guilt' be successful enough to move forward. The actress previously earned Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her guest-starring role as Lumen on Showtime's 'Dexter.' She has also starred in a variety of feature films such as 'Girl Most Likely,' 'Silver Linings Playbook,' the 'Bourne' franchise, and, of course, '10 Things I Hate About You.'
Clark — who famously served as lead prosecutor during the O.J. Simpson trial — co-wrote the pilot with 'Nashville's Dee Johnson. The two of them will also serve as executive producers alongside Nelson McCormick.
Neve Campbell ('Party of Five') was previously in the final negotiations process to play the part of Rachel, but decided to pull out of the project at the last minute. Let's hope Stiles doesn't develop the same change of heart.