T.R. Knight is headed back to TV — sort of — in a role that finds the Grey’s Anatomy alum on the other side of a puzzlng outbreak.
Knight has been cast as the male lead in Amazon Studios’ drama pilot Hysteria, our sister site Deadline reports.
The streaming video site’s project stars Mena Suvari (Chicago Fire) as an exceptionally bright but socially awkward neurologist/psychiatrist who travels to her hometown of Austin, Texas, to investigate a mysterious epidemic that might be spreading among high school girls through technology.
Knight will play Suvari’s brother, who tries convince his sister that the panic currently swallowing Austin is the same hysteria that sent him to prison 25 years ago, and if she will help to exonerate him, he’ll give her the clues she needs to resolve the crisis.
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