Steve Coogan has reportedly agreed to play the lead in a new US TV drama from David Shore, the creator of House.
The 47-year-old comic and actor was signed up to star in the pilot episode of Doubt following an extensive casting search, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Coogan will play Vincent in the drama, a former policeman-turned-lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients, while at the same time wrestling with his own demons and trying to win back his ex-wife.
Described as “handsome, charming, charismatic, quick-witted and extremely smart - and cocky,” the character is said to be so concerned for his clients that he’ll do anything to save them, even at the expense of his own professional reputation.
The role sounds like it'll be a far cry from the sort of big screen parts Coogan has been playing of late, like the socially awkward Norwich-based DJ Alan Partridge in Alpha Papa, which will be released this August, and porn baron Paul Raymond in The Look of Love, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Shore’s decision to choose a British lead for Doubt is reminiscent of actor Hugh Laurie’s casting in House, which ran from 2004-2012 and won two Golden Globes.
The Doubt pilot will be written and executive produced by Shore, while directorial duties will be handled by The West Wing’s Thomas Schlamme.