'Life'-er: Lewis leads NBC pilot


Damien Lewis has been tapped to play the lead on NBC's drama pilot "Life."

Sarah Shahi also has been cast in the project, from writer/executive producer Rand Ravich and NBC Universal TV Studio.

"Life" is a quirky drama about a former cop (Lewis) who rejoins the force after having spent years wrongly imprisoned. Shahi will play his partner with a checkered past.

David Semel is directing the pilot and is executive producing with Ravich and Far Shariat.

Lewis, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers," recently appeared in the features "An Unfinished Life," "Chromophobia" and "Stormbaker." He is repped by Endeavor.

Shahi, who played Carmen de la Pica Morales on Showtime's "The L Word," co-starred on Fox's drama pilot "Damages" this past development season. She most recently appeared in the feature "For Your Consideration." She is repped by McKeon-Myones Management and attorney Neil Meyer.