Gugu Mbatha-Raw

*Much is being made of NBC breaking racial barriers on television with the casting of two biracial leads in a prime time network drama.

As previously reported, “Soul Food” star Boris Kodjoe and British actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw will play the married couple at the heart of the NBC pilot “Undercovers,” a project described as a mix between “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” and “The Bourne Identity.” Their characters are re-activated as CIA agents after years of retirement.

Kodjoe and Mbatha-Raw, both biracial, “are bold choices for leading roles on a network drama as broadcasters have stuck predominantly with Caucasian leads,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Boris Kodjoe

Germany-raised Kodjoe is probably best known for his starring role on the urban drama “Soul Food.” He will next be seen in “Resident Evil: Afterlife.”

Mbatha-Raw, who has not appeared on American television, broke through during the summer when she was cast as Ophelia opposite Jude Law in the Donmar Warehouse production of “Hamlet,” which had successful runs in London’s West End and on Broadway.