'Gladiator' Co-Star Investigates A&E Pilot
Connie Nielsen will star in 'Danny Fricke'
According to The Hollywood Reporter, adding Nielsen lifts the cast contingency hold on the pilot and only came after lengthy negotiations.
Nielsen will play the eponymous character, a detective who isn't to be confused with her similarly named "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" role of Detective Dani Beck. Fricke is sleeping with her boss, which may or may not have something to do with her new promotion or her posting on a high profile murder investigation.
The "Gladiator" veteran is the fourth prominent star booked for an A&E pilot this fall, as the cable network makes a move back into the scripted drama department. Benjamin Bratt is toplining "The Cleaner," while Patrick Swayze and Henry Thomas will have the leads in "The Beast" and "Under," respectively.
Most recently seen on the big screen in "The Ice Harvest" and "The Great Raid," Nielsen finished work on "Battle in Seattle" and "Tonight at Noon."