Toni Collette Cast in CBS’s ‘Hostages’ Pilot

"United States of Tara" star Toni Collette will play a surgeon whose family is swept up in a conspiracy when she's chosen to operate on the President

Last Updated: February 12, 2013 @ 7:51 PM

Toni Collette has found a captivating new role — as the lead in CBS's upcoming drama pilot "Hostages."

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"United States of Tara" star Collette has been cast in the pilot, which "Traitor" director Jeffrey Nachmanoff is writing, directing and executive-producing.

Based on the Israeli format created by Alon Aranya, Omri Givon and Rotem Shamir, "Hostages" revolves around a family that is caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever.

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Collette will play Ellen, the family matriarch and a successful Washington, D.C. surgeon who has chosen to operate on the President. After her family is swept into the conspiracy, it's up to Ellen to save her husband and children.

The pilot is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television in association with Warner Bros. Television. Bruckheimer is also executive-producing, along with Givon, Shamir and Chayim Sharir. Aranya and KristieAnne Reed are co-executive-producing.