Hayley Atwell ABC Pilot

Hayley Atwell Lands Lead in Conviction Legal Drama Pilot at ABC

TV’s Agent Carter is looking to moonlight, on a very different kind of mission.

Hayley Atwell has landed the lead in Conviction, a drama pilot in development at ABC.

The project will star Atwell as the brilliant-but-rebellious daughter of a Clinton-like political family, who is forced into taking a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly created Conviction Integrity Unit. Along with her team of lawyers, investigators and forensic experts, she has two weeks to examine cases where there’s credible suspicion that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.

What does this mean for Agent CarterIn the event that Conviction is ordered to series and ABC’s Marvel drama is renewed for Season 3 (after returning to depressed ratings), TVLine hears that Atwell’s schedule would be worked out so that she could do both roles.

Mark Gordon and Nick Pepper will executive produce the pilot with co-creators Liz Friedman and Liz Friedlander. Friedman wrote the pilot, and Friedlander will direct.