Uzo Aduba Tapped for Shondaland White House Mystery ‘The Residence’

The “Orange Is the New Black” star will work alongside Paul Williams Davies (“Scandal”)

Uzo Aduba (Getty Images)
Uzo Aduba (Getty Images)

Uzo Aduba is coming back to the Netflix arena with a new White House murder-mystery from Shondaland partners Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers. 

The series — which was ordered straight to series in March — includes the official longline: “132 rooms. 157 suspects. One dead body. One wildly eccentric detective. One disastrous State Dinner. ‘The Residence’ is a screwball whodunnit set in the upstairs, downstairs and backstairs of the White House, among the eclectic staff of the world’s most famous mansion.” 

Aduba will star as Cordelia Cupp, a sharp consulting detective who works for the Metropolitan Police Department and has unconventional style of communicating with people and analyzing human behavior. 

Paul Williams Davies (“Scandal”) will serve as showrunner and will executive produce the series alongside Rhimes and Beets. The show comes as part of Netflix’s overall deal with Shondaland, and Davies’ deal with the streamer.

“The Residence,” described as a thrilling and comedic murder mystery will premiere with a season of eight episodes.