Jerry Maguire star Cuba Gooding Jr. may be heading to to a television screen near you, as the memorable Oscar-winner has been tapped to star in Fox’s Greg Berlanti legal drama pilot, Guilty.
Guilty follows the life of William “Billy” Remz (Gooding), a morally ambiguous defense attorney who, after being falsely convicted of fraud, is stripped of his license to practice law. Billy will use his unorthodox legal techniques to solve cases that he’s been banned from handling, all the while moving closer to exacting revenge upon those who framed him.
Alongside Gooding Jr, the Fox pilot will co-star Pretty Little Liars actor Julian Morri, as well as Eva Amurri Martino (Californication), who will play Lily, another attorney who will work closely with Billy. The courtroom drama will be written and produced by Brothers & Sisters producer Greg Berlanti and his Eli Stone co-writer Marc Guggenheim. Supernatural producer Peter Johnson will act as an executive producer on the project, with famed director McG tapped to direct the pilot.
Before becoming a household name with Jerry Maguire, Gooding Jr appeared in a number of small TV roles, such as 227, Amen and MacGyver, and most recently starred in the George Lucas-produced film, Red Tails. If picked up, this would mark Gooding Jr’s first leading role in a television series, and the first legal drama that Fox has seen in almost five years, since the failed Canterbury’s Law starring Julianna Margulies in 2008. The Pearl Harbor star joins the latest in a string of feature film stars booking small screen pilots this season, including Martin Lawrence, Kevin Bacon and Dennis Quaid.
While television series about lawyers with questionable morals is hardly a new idea, Guilty’s fairly appealing premise may prove to be an interesting element for the network. And despite Fox’s inability to successfully add a legal drama to their schedule in recent years, perhaps Cuba Gooding Jr could be the key to the network solving their programming predicament.
Expect to hear whether Fox orders Guilty to series this May.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter