'Eli' coming with Miller in the lead role


Jonny Lee Miller has been tapped to play the title role in "Eli Stone," ABC's drama pilot from Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim.

"Eli," produced by Touchstone Television and studio-based Berlanti Television, is a high-concept legal drama about a lawyer (Miller) who finds out he might be a prophet.

"Everwood" creator Berlanti and Guggenheim, a former corporate attorney who has worked on series like ABC's "The Practice," wrote "Eli" on spec. The two also are executive producing the project, which was picked up as a pilot by ABC in August (HR 8/4).

Miller, probably best known for his starring roles in the features "Trainspotting" and "Mansfield Park," was a regular on CBS' crime drama "Smith" this season.

His latest film, "The Flying Scotsman," premiered in August at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

He is repped by the IFA Talent Agency and ICM London.