The Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 showrunner Krista Vernoff’s Erin Brockovich drama has been formally picked up to pilot and cast Katey Sagal in the leading role. Rebel is inspired by the life of Brockovich today. The drama revolves around Annie “Rebel” Bello (Sagal), a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.
Vernoff wrote the script and exec produces the drama alongside her husband and partner at Trip the Light, Alexandre Schmitt, via their overall deal with ABC Studios. John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment will also exec produce via their Sony Pictures Television-based company. Brockovich is attached as an exec producer.
The pilot order arrives some two decades after the Steven Soderbergh and Susannah Grant feature starring Julia Roberts made Brockovich a famed crusader for the disenfranchised. Erin Brockovich earned Roberts an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and other honors. The film, which was Oscar-nominated for best picture, followed the single mother of three who was instrumental in building a case against Pacific Gas and Electric in the early ’90s. Brockovich did so without any legal training.
Sagal is currently recurring on ABC’s Roseanne offshoot The Conners and counts Sons of Anarchy, Superior Donuts, 8 Simple Rules and Married…With Children among her credits.
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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