Breaking Bad alumna Emily Rios has landed the female lead on A&E’s hip-hop crime drama pilot The Infamous. It revolves around two complicated men on a collision course: an ambitious reformed gangster poised to break out of South Central (Bokeem Woodbine) and the LAPD detective hell-bent on taking him down. It will be set against real events in turbulent 1990s Los Angeles leading up to the LA Riots.
Rios, repped by Domain and Kass Management, will play Alice Calderon, a tough, rookie LA police officer, who grew up in the streets of South Central, LA, in the neighborhood that she patrols. She has to balance the tough situation of policing a community she grew up in, and deal with the ramifications, and the attitudes and tactics of the police force she works for.
Rios joins previously cast Woodbine and Vanessa Bell Calloway in the pilot produced by Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson, and directed by Anthony Hemingway (American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson).
Rio’s previous credits also include The Bridge, True Detective and the feature Quinceañera.