Malin Akerman to Star in NBC’s Murder-Trial Drama Pilot ‘Prism’

“Billions” star will play Rachel Lewis, “an Erin Brockovich-type force of nature”

Malin Akerman

Malin Akerman has been cast in a leading role on NBC’s drama pilot “Prism,” TheWrap has learned.

The project is described as an exploration of a murder trial in which every episode is told through the perspective of a different key person involved. Each new version of the facts ratchets up the mystery and the suspense, calling into question everything we have seen so far and asking if the right person is on trial. Driven by an ensemble of complicated characters, the show lets the audience ask if truth matters less than who can tell the most compelling story.

The “Billions” star will play Rachel Lewis, “an Erin Brockovich-type force of nature,” who is described as “as empathetic as she is ruthless and a brilliantly passionate public defender.”

Showtime has confirmed Akerman will not be leaving “Billions,” which just wrapped its third season last June and is set to return for its fourth this spring. The pay-TV network has yet to order a season five, but we can report Malin will continue to recur on the show, though Showtime has adjusted her deal to enable her to also pursue other series work.

Daniel Barnz will write, executive produce and direct the “Prism” pilot. Ben Barnz, Julie Weitz, and Carol Mendelsohn will also executive produce. The project hails from Universal Television, along with Carol Mendelsohn Productions and the Barnz’s We’re Not Brothers banner.