Laurence Fishburne is prime “CSI” suspect

Laurence Fishburne is in talks to replace William Petersen as the star of CBS’ veteran crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

The search for a new lead has been shrouded in secrecy, but sources say Fishburne is being heavily courted to play the new character, described as a doctor/scientist outsider to the CSI unit who has the same genetic profile as a serial killer but hasn’t previously acted on any homicidal impulses.

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PICTURED: Actor Lawrence Fishburne arrives at Chrysler LLC’s 6th Annual Behind The Lens Award presented to director Spike Lee at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on March 26, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.

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