20th Television is currently developing a brand new drama pilot, “Will Trent”, which is based on Karin Slaughter’s bestselling book series which tells the story of Will Trent (played by Ramón Rodríguez), who is a special agent at the Georgia Bureau of Investigations was abandoned at birth and endured a harsh coming-of-age in Atlanta’s overwhelmed foster care system. But now, determined to use his unique point of view to make sure no one is abandoned like he was, Trent has the highest clearance rate in the GBI.
Following the news that Erika Christensen has joined the pilot, Deadline has revealed that Jake McLaughlin and Iantha Richardson have been cast in the pilot.
Jake McLaughlin will play the role of Michael, who was raised upper-middle class in the Atlanta suburbs and served overseas in the Army until an injury sent him home, where he’s now a Detective with the APD. He has the vibe of a man who grew up watching tough-guy, anti-hero cops and now is excited to be one himself. Michael has a wife and kid at home, but you’d never know it by talking to him. Jake has previously starred in the ABC series, “Quantico” and NBC’s “Believe”.
Iantha Richardson will be playing the role of Faith, Will’s partner. Faith was born into a law-enforcement family, is armed with wicked wit and always considered herself one of the boys, then got pregnant at 14. But now she’s pulled her life together to become a Detective. Faith’s new assignment with Will is going to be her biggest challenge yet, but she’s up for it, and she knows it could be a shortcut to becoming one of the top agents at the GBI. Iantha has previously starred Freeform’s “Good Trouble” and “American Soul”.
The new series is being written by Liz Heldens and Dan Thomsen, who are going to be executive producers on the project, along with Karin Slaughter and 3 Arts’ Oly Obst.
Should this pilot get the go-ahead, we should expect to see the series released on ABC and Hulu in the United States. Internationally, this would be released as a Star Original on Disney+.