Pilots: ABC Finds Its 'Mr. Smith'


ABC has locked and loaded the male lead for its "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" pilot.

Martin Henderson, currently co-starring in "Smokin' Aces," will step into the Brad Pitt role in the Alphabet's adaptation of the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter. ABC has also signed former "Wonderfalls" star Lee Pace for its drama "Pushing Daisies" and added to the casts of "Judy's Got a Gun," "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Women's Murder Club."

The New Zealand-born Henderson will star opposite Jordana Brewster in "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." The pilot picks up a few months after the events of the movie, with the couple trying to restart their lives in a new home. Their respective covert-assassin businesses keep getting in the way, however.

Henderson's movie credits include "The Ring," "Flyboys," "Little Fish" and "Torque." This is his first American TV project.

Pace, who played Jaye's (Caroline Dhavernas) brother Aaron on "Wonderfalls," will star in "Pushing Daisies," which comes from that show's co-creator, Bryan Fuller and director Barry Sonnenfeld. He'll play a man who can bring the dead back to life with his touch. He's also appeared in "The Good Shepherd" and earned Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award nominations for the movie "Soldier's Girl."

Also at ABC, Colm Feore ("Chicago," ABC's "Empire") has joined "Judy's Got a Gun," playing the boss of the title character a suburban police detective and single mom. Paula Newsome ("Little Miss Sunshine") will play a member of the "Women's Murder Club," based on James Patterson's novels, and Seth Gabel ("Nip/Tuck") has been cast in "Dirty Sexy Money," playing a member of a wealthy family whose harried lawyer tries to keep them on the right side of the law.

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