Laverne Cox The Trustee Cast Pilot ABC

Laverne Cox to Co-Star in The Trustee Female Buddy-Cop Pilot at ABC

After a brief stint on the other side of the law, Laverne Cox is going back to familiar ground: The Orange Is the New Black alum will play an ex-con in The Trustee, our sister site Deadline reports.

Cox has joined the cast of the ABC comedy pilot in the role of Amanda Jones, the titular trustee, an inmate who’s spending the end of her prison sentence performing menial tasks around a police precinct. Cox will star opposite Meaghan Rath (Being Human), who will play Eliza, the ambitious young detective who finds herself relying on Amanda for help.

The project, the cast of which also includes Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead), will be written and executive-produced by Jack Scherick and David Ronn (Spin City, the Baywatch movie).

Cox’s CBS midseason legal drama Doubt recently was pulled off the air after only two episodesThe Trustee is in second position to that series, which likely will not return to the schedule.

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20 Comments
  1. Sally McLinn says:

    How does s/he continue to get a job acting when there are thousands of women out there looking and getting turned down….Lala land.

    • Michael V says:

      I am glad you said it, she is an awful actress

    • Jamie says:

      If you were trying to say something about her as an actor, your message was lost in your bigotry. “S/he” was not necessary.

      • UW says:

        Sally’s message was quite clear, despite her choice of pronouns: Laverne Cox is a terrible actress.

        • LMP says:

          Was it clear? Bc I found myself wondering if Sally was calling Cox a bad actress or if she was saying that she was taking roles away from non-trans actresses.

  2. JA903 says:

    Good for her. I will definitely watch this.

  3. makparis says:

    Sounds too similar to White Collar.

  4. Pedro says:

    I don’t get how in Hollywood a few chosen only seem to fail upwards. Wait next week for Katherine Heigl being cast in a pilot.

    • Anne says:

      I completely agree with you, but Laverne is a different case. The first trans actress (of colour even!) to have a legit shot at being a mainstream a-list star. That’s not your average celebrity. The fact that networks are taking a chance on her is fantastic.

      • UW says:

        I don’t think anyone who has seen Laverne in Rocky Horror would mistake her for an A-list star. There have got to be other trans actresses of color who can actually act, and I’m looking forward to seeing them — a lot of them, I hope — make it to the A-list.

      • Pedro says:

        She shouldn’t get roles just because she’s trans. She isn’t much of an actress.

  5. Fabrizia says:

    The problem is that she’s not a good actress.

  6. leo says:

    She (yes, SHE), is a great person. But not that good of an actress. Some other examples : Emma watson, keanu reeves, brad pitt, etc.

    • Kate says:

      Emma Watson is s pretty decent actress….And also still very Young…lots of time to grow. You’ll See…

      • Hannah says:

        Emma Watson is a terrible actress – people just look at her through rose-colored glasses because of Harry Potter and love of the wonderful character that is Hermione Granger.

    • UW says:

      yes to the Keanu Reeves comparison — Laverne is as pretty as Keanu is handsome, but her acting skills are as limited as his

  7. Anne says:

    Oh fantastic!! This sounds way better than Doubt. And Laverne deserves to be the lead in something. She’s just spectacular

  8. Anne says:

    Because she’s fabulous and talented.
    .
    Also stop being a transphobic troll. Laverne is a woman.

  9. Vanessa says:

    I’m all for representation but she can’t act at all.