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It's Official: Mira Sorvino is a 'Trooper' for CBS

The Academy Award winner becomes the latest in a line of feature actors taking pilot gigs this season.

Mira Sorvino
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Mira Sorvino

It's official: Mira Sorvino is heading to the small screen.

The Mighty Aphrodite Academy Award winner will star in CBS' Jerry Bruckheimer drama pilot Trooper, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The confirmation comes about a week after news broke that the actress was in final negotiations for the part.

In the project, which hails from Warner Bros. Television, Sorvino will star as a common-sense mother-turned-New York state trooper.

Aron Eli Coleite (Heroes) will pen the pilot and executive produce alongside Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. KristieAnne Reed will serve as co-EP, with Craig Gillespe on board to direct.

Should the project be ordered to series, it would mark Sorvino's first regular network TV role after starring in the 1995 mini The Buccaneers and 1992's syndicated drama Swans Crossing.

The casting is the latest in a string of feature actors testing the waters in television, with Dennis Quaid tapped to star in CBS' untitled Ralph Lamb Western drama project, Fox booking Kevin Bacon in its serial killer drama pilot from The Vampire Diaries' Kevin Williamson and Cuba Gooding Jr. joining Fox's Greg Berlanti drama pilot Guilty.

Sorvino is repped by ICM, Untitled and Lichter Grossman.

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