Devine cast in 'Stone' for ABC drama

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Loretta Devine has been tapped to co-star opposite Jonny Lee Miller in ABC's drama pilot "Eli Stone."

Meanwhile, Illeana Douglas has landed a recurring role on CBS' freshman drama series "Shark."

"Eli," produced by Touchstone Television and studio-based Berlanti Television, is a high-concept legal drama about a lawyer (Miller) who finds out he might be a prophet. Devine has been cast as Eli's formidable assistant, a sardonic and refreshingly candid woman who always says exactly what she feels.

The project was written by Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim, who are executive producing.

Devine portrays Adele Webber on ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and has a role in the upcoming feature film "Dreamgirls." Her recent credits also include the Lifetime Television movie "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story" and Fox's "Boston Public."

On "Shark," Douglas will portray a smart, sexy defense attorney described as being tough enough to go toe to toe with the charismatic, self-confident defense attorney-turned-prosecutor Sebastian Stark (James Woods) and confident enough to have fun doing it.

"Shark," from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Imagine TV, recently was given a full-season pickup.

Douglas' credits include the upcoming Edie Sedgwick biopic "Factory Girl" and the independent feature "The Bondage." She recently did a turn playing herself in the comedy documentary "Pittsburgh" opposite Jeff Goldblum.

Douglas also has signed on for the film "Life Is Hot in Cracktown," written and to be directed by Buddy Giovinazzo and produced by Larry Rattner and Braxton Pope.Devine and Douglas are repped by Innovative Artists.
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