After a momentous year for Laverne Cox -- which included nabbing an Emmy nomination, being named one of Glamour’s 2014 Women of the Year, and landing the cover of Time magazine -- the actress has landed another huge role...and she’s making history in the process.
CBS has cast Cox as a transgender attorney in the upcoming legal drama “Doubt.” According to Entertainment Weekly, Cox’s character, Cameron Wirth, is Ivy League-educated and as “competitive as she is compassionate. She’s fierce, funny and the fact that she’s experienced injustice firsthand makes her fight all the harder for her clients.”
The series centers around a yet-to-be-cast defense lawyer at a boutique firm who gets romantically involved with a client. It’s being produced by Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, the same team who worked on “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Madam Secretary,” so it’s bound to be a hit.
Cox already made history last year by becoming the first openly transgender actress to earn an Emmy nomination for her breakout role as Sophia Burset on “Orange is the New Black.”
With her role in “Doubt,” Cox continues to break more ground -- if the pilot goes to series, she’d be the first transgender lead in network TV history who is actually played by a transgender actor.
In the meantime, Cox will reprise her role as Sophia on the third season of “Orange is the New Black,” premiering on Netflix this summer. She has also landed an upcoming guest-starring role on “The Mindy Project.”
Congrats, Laverne! Keep killin’ it.