Sarah Shahi To Play Nancy Drew In CBS Pilot About Famous Sleuth


In one of the top castings this season, Person of Interest‘s Sarah Shahi is set to headline Drew, CBS’ drama pilot based on the Nancy Drew character from the classic mystery book series.

nancy-drew-booksWritten by Joan Rater and Tony Phelan and directed by James Strong, Drew, from CBS Studios, is described as a contemporary take on the character from the books, with Nancy (Shahi), now in her 30s, working as a detective for the NYPD where she investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world.

For the past couple of seasons, Shahi has been a regular on the CBS/Warner Bros. TV’s series Person of Interest though she has not appeared in all eSarah-Shahi-POIpisodes of the fourth as well as the upcoming fifth season. Despite all indications pointing to Season 5 being POI‘s last, CBS has said that it would not make a decision before the show returns on the air. There is no Season 5 premiere date set yet though CBS Entertainment president Glenn Geller said in January that the show would come back in the spring. Regardless, Drew has Shahi in first position. And both shows are on the same network.

In Drew, Shahi joins previously cast Vanessa Ferlito as an NYPD homicide detective, Anthony Edwards as Nancy’s dad and Felix Solis as NYPD lieutenant. Rater and Phelan executive produce with Dan Jinks.

Following her breakout role on The L Word, Shahi played the female lead opposite Damian Lewis on the NBC drama series Life and toplined USA’s Fairly Legal. She also recurred on NBC’s Chicago Fire. Shahi is repped by CAA, McKeon-Myones Entertainment and Meyer & Downs.

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