Steve Coogan will star as a policeman-turned-lawyer in Doubt, an American drama pilot written by David Shore, the writer and producer of House.
Steve Coogan has been cast in a new US TV drama by David Shore, the creator of hit medical series House.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Coogan was signed up after an extensive casting search for the starring role in Doubt, a drama pilot to be broadcast on American network ABC.
Coogan will play Vincent, a former policeman-turned-lawyer who works the system for his clients, while trying to seduce his ex-wife. Vincent is described as "handsome, charming, quick-witted and extremely smart", who is dedicated to his clients, even at the cost of his professional reputation.
The role is a far cry from the socially awkward radio presenter Alan Partridge, for which Coogan. Coogan will reprise the character of Partridge in film Alpha Papa, which will be released in August.
Coogan has recently starred in The Look of Love, a film about Paul Raymond, the British pornographer, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January.
Shore's decision to cast Coogan in Doubt mirrors his choice of British actor Hugh Laurie in House. Laurie played Dr Gregory House, a curmudgeonly senior medic, between 2004 and 2012, and won two Golden Globes for the role.
Shore has written Doubt, and will produce the pilot, which will be directed by The West Wing producer Tommy Schlamme.
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