*Morris Chestnut has been cast as the lead in Fox’s untitled Todd Harthan drama pilot.
Formerly titled “Rosewood,” the close-ended procedural centers on Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr. (Chestnut), a gifted, charismatic private pathologist who can read living and dead bodies like a book.
The project, produced by 20th TV, is written and executive produced by Todd Harthan, and directed by Richard Shepard.
Meanwhile, Chestnut also has a three-picture deal with Screen Gems. The first will be the upcoming thriller “The Perfect Guy,” which co-stars Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy.
The second film will be “When The Bough Breaks,” a psychological thriller co-starring Regina Hall. Directed by Jon Cassar, the film follows a professional couple who hire a blue-collar surrogate who develops a violent obsession with the husband. Chestnut will also executive produce.
Chestnut’s third Screen Gems project will be “The Syndicate,” from writer Cliff Dorfman (“Entourage,” “Warrior”). Chestnut is producing that project, which is executive produced by Jeff Waters and James Farrell.