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'Newsroom's' Alison Pill Boards ABC's Jenna Bans Thriller
The Newsroom star Alison Pill has found her follow-up role.
The actress has been tapped to co-star in ABC's Jenna Bans drama pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
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The drama, one of pilot season's hottest projects, centers on the return of local politician Claire's (Joan Allen) young son (The Way, Way Back's Liam James), formerly presumed dead after disappearing more than a decade earlier, and the shock waves it sends through his tight-knit family. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the police officer responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened so many years ago.
Pill is set as Willa Warren, Claire and Peter's daughter. The character is intelligent, extremely organized, efficient, strategic and a bit uptight, and serves as her mother's campaign manager in her race for governor. Willa is described as the "puppet master pulling all the strings" who lost the twinkle in her eye when her little brother went missing. She feels responsible for his disappearance, as she was with him when he vanished.
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The role marks The Newsroom alum's next gig after the Aaron Sorkin drama ended its run last year. Pill's credits include the movies Milk, Goon and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She's repped by CAA and Joannie Burstein.
Scandal and Off the Map alum Bans will pen the script for the untitled drama (formerly Flesh and Blood), which hails from ABC Studios and Mandeville Television. Bans will executive produce alongside David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, Laurie Zaks and director Paul McGuigan.
Zach Gilford, Margot Bingham and Floriana Lima also star.