Pilot Scoop: Julian McMahon Lands Lead in Fox's CIA Drama, Angela Bassett to Co-Star

Nip/Tuck vet Julian McMahon is thisclose to sewing up the lead role in a CIA-themed drama pilot at Fox, and Angela Bassett is nearing a deal to join him.

The Untitled Karyn Usher Project finds McMahon playing a rogue CIA agent who becomes a surrogate father to an orphaned 14-year-old daughter (Saxon Sharbino) of an operative.

Bassett is in final talks to play CIA Director Alice Vargas — who is not to be confused with CIA Director Hayden Chase, the character she played on Alias.

Usher, whose credits include Bones and Prison Break, penned the script and will serve as an EP alongside Brett Ratner, Marty Adelstein, Shawn Levy and Becky Clements.