Russell Hornsby to Star in NBC's 'Bone Collector' Reboot

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NBC's Bone Collector reboot has found its lead actor.

Russell Hornsby will play the title character in Lincoln, a crime-drama pilot centered on NYPD detective Lincoln Rhyme, who is obsessed with taking down a serial killer known as the Bone Collector.

The pilot is in second position for Hornsby to Fox's legal drama Proven Innocent, on which he stars opposite Rachelle Lefevre. The show has put up modest ratings on Friday nights through three weeks.

Lincoln, from Sony Pictures TV and Universal TV in association with Keshet Studios, is based on a best-selling book series by Jeffrey Deaver and the 1999 movie The Bone Collector, which starred Denzel Washington as Rhyme and Angelina Jolie as his partner.

The series will follow Rhyme, who was seriously injured in the hunt for the Bone Collector and is called back into action when the killer re-emerges. He forms a unique partnership with Amelia Sachs, a young beat cop who helps him hunt his nemesis while also taking on the highest-profile cases in the NYPD.

VJ Boyd (SWAT, Justified) and Mark Bianculli wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Avi Nir, Alon Shtruzman, Peter Traugott and Rachel Kaplan.

Hornsby starred on NBC's Grimm for six seasons from 2011-17. Recent credits also include the Netflix limited series Seven Seconds and the feature film Fences, which Washington starred in and directed. He is repped by ICM, Cohn/Torgan Management and Hansen Jacobson.

Deadline first reported the news.