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'The Help' Actress to Co-Star in AMC's LaGravenese/Goldwyn Pilot

Aunjanue Ellis will co-star opposite "Prime Suspect's" Damon Gupton in the legal drama.

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Aunjanue Ellis

The Help's Aunjanue Ellis is going from maid to attorney.

The actress who played a maid arrested for stealing in the best picture Oscar nominated feature The Help has booked a co-starring role in AMC's untitled Richard LaGravenese and Tony Goldwyn drama.

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The untitled drama is described as a legal thriller with major political, personal and ethical stakes and revolves around a district attorney who uncovers new evidence that prompts the reinvestigation of a sensational murder case.

Prime Suspect's Damon Gupton stars as Adam, the Philadelphia district attorney who uncovers new evidence that kicks off the reinvestigation. Ellis, whose credits also include Missing and The Mentalist, will play Adam's wife, Billie Powell, a successful partner in a private-equity firm who's described as being typically the smartest person in the world.

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Marin Ireland and Paul Schneider co-star in the drama. LaGravenese (The Fisher King) will write and executive produce alongside Goldwyn (Scandal), who will direct. Andrew Sugerman (Conviction) will co-exec produce.

Ellis, who next stars in Lifetime's Abducted: The Story of Carlina White, is repped by ICM Partners, TMT Entertainment Group and Kraditor & Haber.

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