ABC Pilot Scoop: Viola Davis to Star in Shonda Rhimes' How to Get Away With Murder

Viola Davis How to Get Away With MurderTwo-time Oscar nominee Viola Davis is set to make a killing on the small screen as the star of ABC’s hour-long drama pilot How to Get Away With Murder, TVLine has learned.

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Exec-produced by Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Peter Nowalk, the project is a sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller that centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor (Davis) who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives.

Nowalk, who has written numerous Scandal episodes, will pen the Murder script.