Ryan Phillippe to Star in ABC Drama ‘Secrets & Lies’

Ryan Phillippe to Star in ABC Drama 'Secrets & Lies'

The “Damages” actor plays the prime suspect in a young boy's murder

Ryan Phillippe is in final negotiations for the lead role in ABC drama series “Secrets & Lies,” an industry insider told TheWrap.

“Secrets & Lies” follows a family man (Phillippe) who, when he finds the body of a young boy, becomes the main suspect in the murder. Phillippe's character must solve the crime to exonerate himself and save his name, family and sanity.

The show is based on an upcoming Australian series starring Martin Henderson. ABC's version will consist of 10 episodes.

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Charles McDougall will direct the pilot, from writer/executive producer Barbie Kligman. ABC Studios, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and Australian-based Hoodlum also exec produce, along with Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield.

Phillippe is represented by WME.