Shonda Rhimes Pilot Casts Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Two More

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Shonda Rhimes’ latest pilot for ABC is quickly taking shape. Deadline reports that Kerry Washington (‘For Colored Girls,’ ‘Ray’) has snagged the leading role of professional fixer Olivia Price in the untitled project, which is based on the life of famous crisis management Judy Smith. Price is described as “something of a legend: a formidable, driven, insightful, intuitive and fearless woman.”

The pilot will center on the life and work of both Price and her dysfunctional staff, some of which has now also been cast. Columbus Short (‘Stomp the Yard’) has taken a supporting role of one of the lawyers on Price’s team while another Deadline report says that Henry Ian Cusick (Lost) will be the male lead, “a handsome, intense, and brilliant litigator.” Finally, Katie Lowes (Easy Money) will play a naive but ambitious lawyer who comes to work for Price.

What do you think of this casting? Does it make you more or less interested in the pilot?