12:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Rita Wilson Joins Fox's Sheldon Turner Drama
It's a Good Wife reunion!
Rita Wilson is set to star opposite Archie Panjabi in Fox's untitled drama pilot formerly known as Controversy, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The project revolves around the junior counsel (Austin Stowell, Whiplash) of a prestigious Illinois university who must deal with an out-of-control scandal when a young co-ed accuses several star football players of sexual assault. From the team's coaches and boosters who wield outsize influence, to a university administration under siege, the drama explores the type of high-profile controversy all-too familiar on today’s college campuses, as well as the corrosive, dangerous nature of institutional power.
Wilson will play Constance Hawthorne, the dignified but fierce head of the university's board of trustees.
The actress recurred on The Good Wife and will next reprise her role on the CBS All Access spinoff The Good Fight. Her other credits include a recurring role on HBO's Girls, in addition to such films as Runaway Bride, Sleepless in Seattle and It's Complicated. Wilson is repped by CAA.
The untitled 20th Century Fox Television drama pilot hails from Up in the Air's Sheldon Turner, who will pen the script and executive produce alongside This Is Us duo John Requa and Glenn Ficarra. The latter pair are on board to direct the pilot. Scandal consultant Judy Smith, Jennifer Klein and Charlie Gogolak are also attached as exec producers.