'The Originals' Newbie to Co-Star in Julie Plec's CW Pilot (Exclusive)

Claudia Black - P 2015
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Claudia Black - P 2015

Julie Plec is continuing to build her own repertory company.

The prolific producer has cast The Originals newbie Claudia Black in her CW pilot Cordon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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Based on the original Belgian series created by Carl Joos, Cordon examines what happens when a deadly epidemic breaks out in Atlanta and a large city quarantine is quickly enforced, leaving those stuck on the inside to fight for their lives. It tells the story of loved ones tragically torn apart, and how the society that grows inside the cordon reveals both the devolution of humanity and the birth of unlikely heroes. 

Black will co-star as Dr. Sabine Lommers, representing the department of health and human services, she is the face of the government's response. Determined to keep the public from panicking, she battles not only the deadly disease but the public's perception as well.

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Farscape alum Black, who was cast Monday in the recurring role of Dahlia — the powerful witch and Mikaelson relative who poses a threat to baby Hope's life — becomes the second member of Plec's extended family to join the Cordon cast. The Vampire Diaries' Chris Wood is set to play Jake, a former renegade turned cop.

Cordon stars Interstellar's David Gyasi as Lex, an Atlanta cop forced to choose between what's right and what's necessary; Christina Moses as Jana, Lex's girlfriend; and Kristen Gutoskie as Katie, a teacher and single mother.

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Plec will pen the script and executive produce the drama via her Warner Bros. Television-based My So Called Company banner alongside Eyeworks. David Nutter will also exec produce and direct the pilot, which marks The CW's first with two African-American leads.
Black is repped by Creative Partners Group and SMS Talent.

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