EXCLUSIVE: The Matrix star Carrie-Anne Moss has been tapped as the lead in Lifetime’s untitled Michael Sardo pilot. The project, from writer-executive producer Michael Sardo and Universal Cable Prods., centers on Ann Brown (Moss), New York’s premiere celebrity psychologist. With her life and marriage in shambles, she leaves town to join her sister, the Dean at a teaching hospital, to become the chief of staff of the hospital’s psych ward. There, she rediscovers her love for helping people while reconnecting with her sister, despite their volatile history. Gerard Bocaccio is executive producing the pilot with Sardo, while Timothy Busfield is set to direct.
Moss, repped by WME and manager Elizabeth Hodgson, is the latest feature actress to headline a cable pilot. Moss started off on TV, with roles on such series as Dark Justice, Models Inc. and F/X: The Series, before her big breakthrough in the 1999 feature The Matrix, followed by memorable roles in Memento and Chocolat. In 2008, Moss starred opposite Joseph Fiennes in Ryan Murphy’s FX pilot Pretty/Handsome. The untitled Michael Sardo is one of five pilots ordered by Lifetime this year, along with Against the Wall, Exit 19, Meet Jane and an untitled project from Josh Berman. The other four are in various stages of production.