‘Mad Men’ Star Vincent Kartheiser Join’s Fox Legal Drama Pilot From Danny Strong
We do like a story that has not one, but two Joss Whedon alumni in it! ‘Mad Men’ & ‘Angel’ star Vincent Kartheiser is set to take a lead role in a new Fox legal drama being exec produced by ‘Empire’ co-creator Danny Strong.
The as-yet-untitled drama is set at a wrongful conviction firm led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer (not yet cast) with a hunger for justice. The team reopens investigations, putting their own lives in danger to exonerate the innocent that were “proven” guilty.
The leader’s motivation comes from her infamous past; as a young adult she was found guilty and later exonerated in a high-profile case in which she became a tabloid sensation, household name and national celebrity. While a hero and a victim to some, her bold and bullish tactics garner her some enemies – one of whom will do anything to see her go down for a crime we know she did not commit. She defends others as she fights to maintain her own innocence.
Kartheiser will play Bodie Quick, the intrepid, scrappy and endearing investigator at the firm. He joins Russell Hornsby (‘Grimm’) who was previously announced as playing Ezekiel “Easy” Boudreau, a savvy, pragmatic and cool attorney who also works for the company.
Kartheiser previously starred as Pete in ‘Mad Men’, but is also well known for his role as Connor in ‘Angel’. More recently he’s popped up in ‘Casual’, ‘Genius’ and ‘The Path’.
The show is being written by David Elliot… (wait… weird… I don’t remember writing a tv pilot about lawyers…), whose previous work includes ‘Knightfall’, ‘G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra’, and ‘Four Brothers’. He will exec produce alongside actor/producer Danny Strong, who not only co-created ‘Empire’ and wrote ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay’, but was, of course, Jonathan in ‘Buffy’. He also had a guest role in ‘Mad Men’ too!
The as-yet-untitled legal drama is currently only a pilot for Fox, so might not go to series, but given anything Danny Strong touches seems to turn gold, I would expect to see it on screen later this year.