Jerry O'Connell to co-star in NBC pilot

Replaces 'Heroes' regular in comedic legal drama 'Rex'

Jerry O'Connell is set to co-star in NBC's comedic drama pilot "Rex Is Not Your Lawyer," replacing Sendhil Ramamurthy days after the "Heroes" regular was cast in the role.

Lindsey Kraft and Cleo King also have been cast in the pilot, directed by David Semel.
"Rex" stars David Tennant as Rex Alexander, a top Chicago litigator who begins suffering panic attacks and takes up coaching clients to represent themselves in court.

O'Connell will play an ambitious but good-natured lawyer who was in Rex's shadow until Rex's career switch and whose friendship with Rex becomes complicated when he falls in love with his pal's fiancee (Abigail Spencer).

Ramamurthy, for whom the casting was in second position to "Heroes," withdrew because of scheduling issues, an NBC rep said. The recasting was done Friday, on the eve of "Rex's" production start.

Kraft ("Epic Movie") plays a former waitress singer-songwriter working as Rex's assistant. She is repped by TalentWorks and Matt Sherman Management. King ("The Hangover") plays a no-nonsense private-school bus driver coached by Rex in her wrongful-termination case. The actress, who has recurred on FX's "Sons of Anarchy," is repped by SMS Talent.

"Rex," from UMS and BermanBraun, also co-stars comedy veterans Jane Curtin and Jeffrey Tambor.

O'Connell recently wrapped Dimension Films' "Piranha 3-D."