For her next gig, Orange Is the New Black‘s Diane Guerrero will approach the legal system from the other side.
The actress, who plays inmate Maritza Ramos on the Netflix series, has signed on to portray a corporate attorney who begins defending undocumented immigrants for free in a drama in development at CBS, our sister site Deadline reports.
The drama pilot, titled In the Country We Love, is based on Guerrero’s recently published memoir of the same name, which chronicles her parents’ deportation to Colombia and the teenage Guerrero’s subsequent experience of having to live with and depend on friends. In the pilot, a family emergency outs Guerrero’s character as the child of deported parents.
Jane the Virgin‘s Jennie Snyder Urman, Paul Sciarrota and Ben Silverman will produce with CBS TV Studios. Sciarrota also will pen the script.
Guerrero plays Lina on Jane the Virgin; her TV resume also includes Blue Bloods and Person of Interest.