Felicity Huffman to Lead ABC Drama from '12 Years a Slave' Scribe

Felicity Huffman to Lead ABC Drama from '12 Years a Slave' Scribe

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Felicity Huffman has signed on for the female lead in an upcoming ABC drama from 12 Years a Slave scribe and Academy Award winner, John Ridley. The actress joins previously announced cast members Timothy Hutton, Elvis Nolasco, Caitlin Gerard, Richard Cabral, Johnny Ortiz, Benito Martinez, W. Earl Brown and Penelope Ann Miller.

The project will follow "the personal lives of the players involved in a racially charged trial as their worlds are turned upside down."

The Desperate Housewives alum will portray 'Barb Skokie', described as Russ' (Hutton) stoic ex-wife who raised her two sons, Mark and Matt, alone in public housing while her husband was off gambling. She still resents living as the only single white woman in a racially charged environment and being treated accordingly by the other occupants. Determined to hold someone accountable for her son Matt's murder, Barb plans to stay close to the investigation and get answers. She's removed, dismissive and cool in her dealings with Russ, and she has no qualms about giving statements to the press if that will help keep the heat on Modesto PD to find the killer."

Huffman appeared for eight seasons on the ABC nighttime sudser Desperate Housewives. The actress earned two Emmy noms, including a win for her role in Housewives, and recently appeared in Transamerica, for which she received an Oscar nomination. She is a five-time Golden Globe nominee for Desperate Housewives.

Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter-Keddy

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