Two-time Academy Award nominee Viola Davis is taking her formidable acting skills to the small screen.
The Help star has signed on for a new ABC show produced by Shonda Rhimes called How to Get Away With Murder.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, “The sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious criminal defense professor who become entangled in a murder plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of their lives.”
Davis has been cast in the lead role of Annalise DeWitt, a law professor and renowned criminal defense attorney who has been described as “manipulative” and “brilliant.”
Davis is just the latest African-American movie star to dabble in a recurring television role.
Davis has appeared on episodic TV in the past. She’s appeared on Showtime’s United States of Tara, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and City of Angels.
Stay tuned for more details on How to Get Away With Murder.