Cuoco, Headey land leads for pilots


Two high-profile broadcast pilots have found their female leads.

After an extensive search, Kaley Cuoco has been tapped to star in Chuck Lorre's comedy "The Big Bang Theory," while Lena Headey will play the title role in Fox's "The Sarah Connor Chronicles," based on the character from the "Terminator" movie franchise.

"Big Bang," from Warner Bros. TV and writers/executive producers Lorre and Bill Prady, revolves around two brilliant physicists (Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons) and a woman (Cuoco) who shows them how little they know about real life.

Cuoco auditioned for the role in the spring but didn't get it as she was much younger than the character, but the studio liked her and cast her in a starring role on another comedy pilot, the untitled Sisters project for ABC.

In the original pilot for "Big Bang," the female lead was played by Amanda Walsh. In late May, CBS ordered a new pilot from the project with the role of the woman recast.

After several months of searching for an actress to play the part, the character was reworked as a younger woman, and Cuoco was cast. The pilot is slated to shoot in January.

"Sarah Connor" hails from WBTV and C2, the company of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" producers Mario Kassar and Andrew Vajna.

Written by Josh Friedman, it takes place after the events depicted in "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" and follows Sarah Connor (Headey), a modern warrior and loving single mom to 15-year-old son John.

Linda Hamilton played the character in the first two "Terminator" films.

David Nutter is directing the pilot, which is expected to film early next year. He is executive producing with Friedman, Kassar and Vajna.

Cuoco is filming Lifetime's original movie "Fat Like Me," in which she stars as an athletic high school junior who goes undercover in a fat suit as part of a documentary film project.

Cuoco, best known for her role as Bridget on the ABC sitcom "8 Simple Rules," recently co-starred on WB Network's "Charmed." She is repped by Ro Diamond and Steven Jang at SDB Partners, Brillstein-Grey Entertainment and attorney John Meigs.

This past development season, Headey played the title role in CBS' drama pilot "Ultra," about a single city girl who also was a superhero.

On the big screen, she recently appeared in "The Brothers Grimm" and "The Cave."

Headey, who next stars in the feature "300," is repped by CAA.