Just days after winning an Academy Award for screenwriting, John Ridley’s latest foray into television is starting to take shape with a couple of notable casting additions.
Ridley’s ‘American Crime’ has nabbed its male lead, as Timothy Hutton. The former star of ‘Leverage’ has been tapped to play Chuck Skokie in the drama. Focusing on a racially-charged murder of a war veteran and the subsequent trial, ‘American Crime’ will find Hutton’s character as a reformed gambling addict whose adult son Matt is the victim.
The series has just added another member as well in Penelope Ann Miller, who was most recently seen in an arc on ‘Mistresses.’ She will portray Eve, Adam’s mother-in-law. During the events surrounding the murder, Eve’s daughter was badly beaten and is now on life support.
These are just two of what is assumed to be many characters in the series from whom the murder and the trial is analyzed and viewed. It is also reported that actress Felicity Huffman is in negotiations to undertake the female lead.
Ridley’s star is as bright as ever, coming off an Oscar award for penning '12 Years a Slave,' the powerful, evocative drama from director Steve McQueen that also won the award for Best Picture.
In addition to writing the pilot, Ridley will also direct as well as executive producer. The series will air on ABC.