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Alfre Woodard has snagged her next major role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “12 Years A Slave” actress has been cast to star in NBC’s new pilot drama, “State of Affairs”.

In the pilot, which has been described as “Scandal” meets “West Wing,” Woodard will be playing the role of President Roberta Payton, who enlists a CIA agent Whitney Tucker (played by Katherine Heigl), to counsel her daily on incidents occurring around the world and target America’s most pressing threats. Interestingly, Whitney also happens to be the ex-girlfriend of Roberta’s deceased son.

The script for the drama filled pilot will be written by Alexi Hawley and Joe Carnahan. Hawley will also executive produce the show along with Heigl and her mother-manager Nancy Heigl, Bob Simonds, Sophie Watts, Henry Crumpton, Julia Franz and Rodney Faraon.

Woodard joins a long roster of actors and actresses of color with leading roles in pilots this season. Viola Davis, Taraji P. Henson, Romany Malco, Terrence Howard, Octavia Spencer and Jada Pinkett-Smith. This definitely sounds like the makings of an interesting series.

Does “State of Affairs” seem like a show you’d be interested in checking out?

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