July 29, 2011 12:07pm PT by Philiana Ng
NBC's 'The Firm' Casts Molly Parker as Female Lead
Deadwood's Molly Parker has landed the female lead opposite Josh Lucas in NBC's upcoming series The Firm.
Parker will play Abby in the legal drama, based on John Grisham's best-selling novel. Abby is described as a "true partner to Mitch," who is "smart" and "resourceful" and "after a tumultuous decade is excited to start a new life in Washington, D.C. as a school teacher."
Her character in The Firm, being produced by Entertainment One, Sony TV and Paramount Pictures, is the wife of lawyer Mitch McDeere (Lucas), played by Tom Cruise in Paramount's 1993 feature. Big Love's Jeanne Tripplehorn portrayed Abby.
Parker joins a cast that includes musician-actress Juliette Lewis as receptionist Tammy and The Killing's Callum Keith Rennie as Mitch's older brother Ray.
Production on the series is set to begin in August in Toronto and will premiere next season on NBC, when it will air in the post-football slot on Sunday nights. The Firm was ordered straight to series with a 22-episode pickup.
Written by Lukas Reiter, the two-hour pilot picks up a decade after the movie left off, with Mitch having just emerged from the Federal Witness Protection Program after bringing down a Memphis law firm operated by the mafia. Reiter developed the project at CBS three years prior but the script has since been rewritten. Earlier this month, CBS sued Reiter, claiming The Firm was taken to NBC without permission.
Grisham and Reiter executive produce along with John Morayniss, Noreen Halpern and Michael Rosenberg. Helen Shaver will serve as a producer and direct several episodes. David Straiton will helm the pilot.
Parker has previously appeared in the TV series Swingtown, Dexter and Shattered.