EXCLUSIVE: After a lengthy casting search that featured a slew of young actresses testing, Stephanie Sigman (Spectre, FX’s The Bridge) has landed the lead role in John Ridley’s drama pilot Presence for ABC and ABC Studios. Sigman already is in business with American Crime creator/executive producer Ridley, ABC and ABC Studios – she has a recurring role on the second season of Ridley’s acclaimed ABC/ABC Studios anthology series.
Described as a stylish update of the classic detective genre, Presence follows Presence Foster (Sigman), a former Army veteran who finds herself interacting with a widely divergent, and highly colorful cross-section of Los Angeles as she unintentionally begins a career as an unlicensed Private Investigator. Ridley wrote the script and will direct the pilot, which he is executive producing with fellow American Crime exec producer Michael McDonald.
Presence was ABC’s first script buy for this development cycle made back in June. The project had been on the fast track and received an early pilot order in December, with the focus on casting an actress who embodied the story’s diverse characters and settings.
Mexican-born Sigman, repped by ICM Partners and Morris Yorn, will next be seen in Going Under opposite Bruce Willis and Famke Janssen; she also recurs on Netflix’s Narcos.