Joan Allen is set for a lead role in the untitled ABC/ABC Studios drama pilot written by Jenna Bans and directed by Paul McGuigan. It follows the return of a politician’s (Allen) young son, Adam Warren (Liam James), who was presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the cop responsible is forced to re-examine what truly happened so many years ago. Allen’s Claire is devastated to learn of the horrors her son has endured, however she is a political animal and it seems she has plans to use her son’s return to further her political ambitions. Also cast in the pilot is Floriana Lima (Allegiance), a young reporter with the local paper. They join Zach Gilford and Margot Bingham. Bans, David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Laurie Zaks executive produce. Oscar-nominated actress Allen, who recently recurred on The Killing, is repped by ICM and attorney Frank Stewart. Lima is with AKA Talent Agency and Industry Entertainment.