ABC Orders Erin Brockovich-Inspired Drama ‘Rebel’ Starring Katey Sagal To Series
ABC has handed a straight-to-series order to ‘Rebel‘, from exec producer Krista Vernoff (‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Station 19’), and starring Katey Sagal it has been announced.
Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today, Annie “Rebel” Bello (Sagal) is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.
The series stars Katey Sagal as Annie “Rebel” Bello, John Corbett as Grady Bello, James Lesure as Benji, Lex Scott Davis as Cassidy, Tamala Jones as Lona, Ariela Barer as Ziggie, Kevin Zegers as Nate, Sam Palladio as Luke and Andy Garcia as Cruz.
“Erin Brockovich has never stopped the extraordinary work she does fighting for her clients like they’re family, and Krista Vernoff’s take on her life today in ‘Rebel’ is undeniable,” comments Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. “Katey Sagal is a powerhouse as ‘Rebel’ and with Andy Garcia, John Corbett and the rest of the phenomenal cast, viewers are going to fall in love with these characters and the world Krista has created for them.”
The premiere episode is written by Krista Vernoff (‘Station 19’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Shameless’ USA) and directed by Tara Nicole Weyr (‘Lucifer’, ‘Wu-Tang: An American Saga’, ‘Fear the Walking Dead’). Vernoff and Alexandre Schmitt of Trip the Light exec produce, alongside Erin Brockovich, John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment and Andrew Stearn.
“‘Rebel’ is not just my story, it is all of our stories. There is a hero that exists in all of us, and I am so excited for Krista Vernoff and ABC to bring their visionary storytelling to this series,” adds Erin Brockovich. “The name ‘Rebel’ oozes self-empowerment, courage and rising above, even in the worst of circumstances. I cannot think of anyone better to play this role than the indomitable Katey Sagal, who is such a force, as well as the rest of this extraordinary cast.”
The series is produced by ABC Signature in association with Sony Pictures Television. ABC Signature is a part of Disney Television Studios, alongside 20th Television and Touchstone Television.
‘Rebel‘ Season 1 will premiere in 2021 on ABC in the USA. Still too early for a UK broadcaster, but we’ll let you know when we hear something.
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