March 05, 2014 9:13pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Timothy Hutton to Star in John Ridley's ABC Drama (Exclusive)
Days after taking home the best picture and adapted screenplay Oscars for 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley has cast the lead in his ABC drama pilot, American Crime.
Leverage alum Timothy Hutton will topline American Crime, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
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The drama pilot, written, exec produced and directed by Ridley, examines the personal lives of the players involved in a racially charged trial as their worlds are turned upside down.
Hutton will play an honest but average guy working at a big-box retailer in Arizona who has made great pains to reconnect with his now adult sons, Matt and Mark, and speaks with the latter -- a war veteran -- every week. He's destroyed when he learns that Matt and his wife, Lily, have been murdered in their home in Modesto, Calif., and he flies there immediately.
Hutton is currently filming TNT's Public Morals and stars opposite Chloe Sevigny in the upcoming feature #horror. He's repped by WME, Untitled and Jackoway Tyreman. TNT canceled Leverage in 2012 after five seasons. Hutton took home a supporting actor Oscar statuette for his turn in 1980's Ordinary People.