Mekhi Phifer to Co-Star in CW's 'Frequency' Reboot (Exclusive)

Mekhi Phifer and ANDRE BRAUGHER Split -Getty-H 2016
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The CW's Frequency reboot is rounding out its cast.

ER grad Mekhi Phifer has been tapped to co-star in the drama pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Based on the 2000 New Line feature of the same name, the reimagining revolves around Raimy, a female police detective in 2016 who discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the "butterfly effect" wreak havoc in the present day. Riley Smith (Nashville) stars as Frank Sullivan (the role portrayed by Dennis Quaid in the film).

Phifer will take on the role of Lt. Satch DeLeon, a veteran police officer who was a good friend of Frank's and who became a surrogate father to Raimy (not yet cast) after Frank’s death. Andre Braugher played the part in the film, which was written and produced by Toby Emmerich.

Supernatural's Jeremy Carver will pen the script and executive produce the Warner Bros. Television drama alongside Emmerich, John Rickard, Dan Lin and his Lin Pictures topper Jennifer Gwartz.

Phifer's credits also include A&E's Roots, Divergent and its sequel Insurgent as well as 8 Mile. On the TV side, he has had roles on House of Lies, Torchwood and Lie to Me. Phifer is repped by Gersh and Brookside Artist Management.

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