Phylicia Rashad Cast in CBS Pilot ‘For Justice’

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Phylicia Rashad may be making a return to television. The actress, who is widely known for her role as Clair Huxtable on The Cosby Show, has been cast in the CBS drama For Justice.

According to Variety, Rashad will play a gay black woman by the name of Georgina Howe. The pilot is being directed by Selma‘s Ava DuVernay.

Her character is further described as a “savvy Washington player who has faced discrimination for her race and sexual orientation, and fights to protect the independence and integrity of her high-profile Civil Rights Division.”

The project is based on James Patterson’s novel “The Thomas Berryman Number.” Rene Balcer, the writer behind Law & Order, will pen the pilot and work as executive producer with DuVernay, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, James Patterson, Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout.

This fall, Rashad will appear in Creed, an installment of the Rocky Balboa saga. This spring, she’s directing the play Immediate Family at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles.

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