Phylicia Rashad walks the runway at the B Michael America fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall at New York Public Library on February 18, 2015 in New York City

Phylicia Rashad walks the runway at the B Michael America fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall at New York Public Library on February 18, 2015 in New York City

*Phylicia Rashad has been cast as a series regular in CBS’s drama “For Justice,” reports Variety.

Based on James Patterson’s novel “The Thomas Berryman Number,” the project follows a female FBI agent (Rashad) working in the Criminal Section of the Department of Civil Rights Division who finds herself caught between her radical real family and her professional family.

Rashad’s character, Georgina Howe, is a gay, Washington player who has faced discrimination for her race and sexual orientation, and fights to protect the independence and integrity of her high profile office.

The pilot will be directed by “Selma’s” Ava DuVernay.

“Law & Order” vet Rene Balcer penned the pilot and will serve as exec producer, alongside DuVernay, Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, James Patterson, Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout.