Indira Varma to star in ABC's 'Inside the Box'

Gina Torres, David Giuntoli also land pilot roles

"Inside the Box" has found its lead.

British actress Indira Varma has landed the starring role in the ABC drama project, from writer Richard E. Robbins and executive producer Shonda Rhimes.

Meanwhile, Gina Torres has joined CBS' drama pilot "Washington Field," and David Giuntoli has joined CBS' U.S. Attorney drama pilot.

"Box" is set at a Washington network news bureau and revolves around Catherine (Varma), an ambitious news producer, and her colleagues, who pursue the story at all costs, juggling personal animosities and crises of conscience along with the daily deadlines of a nightly news show.

Catherine is fast-talking, whip-smart and wound a little too tight for her own good. She runs the news bureau and thinks she finally is getting a promotion, but she is passed over.

Mark Tinker is directing the pilot, which is being executive produced by Robbins, Rhimes and Betsy Beers.

Varma is best known for her role as Niobe on the HBO/BBC drama series "Rome."

The actress, who also co-starred on the CBS miniseries "Comanche Moon," is repped by Affirmative and U.K.'s Gordon and French.

"Washington Field," from CBS Par, revolves around an FBI squad made up of experts who travel the world responding to crises that concern U.S. national interests. Torres ("Don't Let Me Drown") will play the rapid-deployment team coordinator and tactical pilot. She is with Domain and Framework.

The U.S. Attorney project, from CBS Par, revolves around a team of federal prosecutors in Manhattan. Giuntoli ("Privileged") will play a wealthy young attorney who is a member of the team.