Screenwriter John Ridley accepts the Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published award for '12 Years a Slave' onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California

Screenwriter John Ridley accepts the Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published award for ’12 Years a Slave’ onstage during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California

*Timothy Hutton has booked the male lead in ABC’s drama pilot “American Crime,” written and executive produced by John Ridley, who is fresh off winning an Oscar for “12 Years A Slave.”

Felicity Huffman is in negotiations for the female lead in the project, which centers on the racially charged murder of a war veteran and the subsequent trial, which are examined through the personal lives of the players involved, reports Deadline.com.

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Timothy Hutton

Hutton will play Chuck Skokie, a former gambling addict-turned-honest working man whose adult son Matt is the victim.