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Transgender actress Laverne Cox has landed yet another high-profile television role.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

17 May 2016 - 2:20 PM  UPDATED 17 May 2016 - 2:21 PM

A new legal drama featuring Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox will be one of the first network television series to feature a transgender person playing a trans role as a regular character

Doubt will premiere this year on CBS, with Cox appearing alongside stars Katherine Heigl and Steven Pasquale. After ordering a pilot last year, CBS recast the lead roles and ordered a reshoot, keeping Cox on in her role. This week, the network ordered Doubt to series over Nancy Drew reboot, Drew.

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Doubt will follow a successful defense lawyer at a boutique firm who starts to fall for a charismatic client - who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.

It will add to Cox's already busy plate, with both OITNB and the made-for-TV remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show! also in production. Last year, Cox became the first trans woman to be nominated for an Emmy award, for her role as Sophia on Netflix series.

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THR reports that Cox's role as Cameron Wirth is one specifically created for a trans woman. She's described as a "transgender Ivy League-educated attorney who is as competitive as she is compassionate".

The show will be written and executive produced by married writing duo Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, of Grey's Anatomy, as well as Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman.