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Juliette Lewis to Star Opposite Ryan Phillippe in ABC's 'Secrets & Lies'

"The Firm" alum will play a detective in the drama pilot with a series commitment attached.

Juliette Lewis at the August: Osage County Premiere - P 2013
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Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis is returning to TV, booking the starring role in ABC's drama Secrets & Lies.

The actress, who most recently co-starred in NBC's The Firm reboot, will play a detective in the network's adaptation of the Australian series starring Martin Henderson.

The drama, which has a series commitment attached, centers on a patriarch (Ryan Phillippe) who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of a young boy when he finds the body.

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Lewis will play Andrea Cornell, the unflappable, somewhat formidable detective conducting the investigation into the slaying of 4-year-old Tom Mullen who has her sights set on Ben (Phillippe), the loving father who found the boy's body. The character is further described as incredibly professional, hard to read, intentionally odd with a disconcerting calm who is often, if not always, the smartest person in the room.

Lewis most recently filmed Fox's event series Wayward Pines and co-starred in NBC's reboot of The Firm. Her credits include features Cape Fear, for which she earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination; Whip It, August: Osage County and her Emmy-nominated turn in Hysterical Blindness. She's repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment.

The American adaptation of Secrets & Lies, which hails from ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, also will be produced by Australia-based Hoodlum. Barbie Kligman (Private Practice, The Vampire Diaries, CSI: NY) is on board to write, executive produce and serve as a showrunner on the drama alongside EPs Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield. Charles McDougall will direct the pilot, which will film in Wilmington, N.C.

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