Varma boxed in for ABC pilot


"Inside the Box" has found its lead. British actress Indira Varma has landed the starring role in the ABC drama project, while Gina Torres has joined CBS' drama pilot "Washington Field," and David Giuntoli has joined CBS' U.S. Attorney drama pilot.

Additionally, ABC on Wednesday handed out a late presentation order to the multicamera comedy "This Little Piggy."

"Box" is set at a Washington network news bureau and centers on Catherine (Varma), a producer who runs the bureau and thinks she finally is getting a promotion, but she is passed over.

Varma ("Rome") is repped by Affirmative and the U.K.'s Gordon and French.

"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 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 will play a wealthy young attorney who is a member of the team.

"Piggy," set at ABC Studios, revolves around two adult siblings who are forced to live with their eldest brother and his family in their childhood home after falling on hard times.

It was written on spec by "MadTV" alumni Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley. Cragg is exec producing, and Bradley is serving as co-exec producer. (partialdiff)