Deadline is reporting that Girlboss star Britt Robertson has landed the lead role in Shonda Rhimes legal drama For the People. She’ll be playing newly minted public defender Sandra, a fiercely intelligent woman who got into law because of an injustice perpetrated on her family. She’ll be replacing Britne Oldford (Ravenswood), who played the role in the pilot.
From Paul William Davies (Scandal), For the People centers on the Southern District of New York Federal Court and follows new lawyers for both the prosecution and defense as they adjust to their new occupations, try to balance a hefty workload with their personal lives, and attempt to keep their personal connections with their peers from impacting their job performance. The series is the latest recasting for next season, with FOX’s Ghosted and fellow ABC series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World having already cast their new players.
In addition to her role on the Netflix comedy, Robertson has appeared on the likes of Life Unexpected, Under the Dome, and The Secret Circle. She joins a cast that includes Hope Davis (American Crime), Ben Rappaport (Younger), Anna Deveare Smith (Nurse Jackie), and Vondie Curtis-Hall (Marvel’s Daredevil).
For the People is set to premiere sometime midseason on ABC. You can check out the trailer here.