'Dexter' Killer Tapped to Play Sherlock Holmes in CBS Pilot

Jonny Lee Miller Headshot - P 2012
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Jonny Lee Miller Headshot - P 2012

CBS has found its Sherlock Holmes.

Former Dexter killer Jonny Lee Miller has landed the lead role in the network's drama pilot Elementary, described as a New York-set modern take on the cases of the famed detective, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The casting marks a return to series TV for Miller, who guest starred in eight episodes as a motivational speaker with a dark secret on Showtime's Dexter. The British actor (Trainspotting) starred on ABC's primetime soap Eli Stone and has two features in production: Dark Shadows and Byzantium.

Robert Doherty will write and executive produce the CBS TV Studios project, with CBS vet Sarah Timberman (A Gifted Man, Unforgettable) and Carl Beverly on board as executive producers.

Elementary is one of eight drama pilots in contention at CBS.

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