ABC has released the first trailer for “Rebel,” a new drama based on the life of environmental activist Erin Brockovich. Set after the events of the Julia Roberts starrer that made her a household name, “Rebel” stars Katey Sagal (“Married… with Children,” “Sons of Anarchy”) as the indefatigable agitator. The series was created by three-time Emmy nominee Krista Vernoff, a showrunner of “Grey’s Anatomy” and writer on “Shameless.” Vernoff executive produced the aptly titled “Rebel” along with Brockovich.
Here’s the official synopsis: “Inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich today, Annie ‘Rebel’ Bello is a blue-collar legal advocate without a law degree. She’s a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost.”
“She’s not a lawyer, she’s just loud,” says one woman in the upbeat first trailer, which opens with a thrumming bluegrass-flecked tune. John Corbett, looking his relatable everyman best as Rebel’s husband Grady, asks: “If you don’t go to work, who’s gonna save the world?” Andy Garcia plays Rebel’s legal associate Cruz; the characters appear to have a convivial but somewhat headache-inducing friendship.
Bearing a slight resemblance to “The Good Wife” or “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Rebel” fills out its top-line talent with a spirited ensemble of up and coming talent. The show also stars James Lesure (“Good Girls”) as Benji, Lex Scott Davis (“The First Purge”) as Cassidy, Tamala Jones (“Castle”) as Lana, Ariela Barer as Ziggy, Kevin Zegers as Nate, and Sam Palladio as Luke.
ABC just announced today the addition of “Grey’s Anatomy” favorite Abigail Spencer as Misha. Spencer joins previously announced recurring stars Mary McDonnell, Dan Bucatinsky, Adam Arkin, MoMcRae and Daniella Garcia, among others.
Vernoff will serve as showrunner on the series. “Rebel” is executive produced by Vernoff and Alexandre Schmitt of Trip the Light; Erin Brockovich, John Davis and John Fox of Davis Entertainment; Andrew Stearn, Marc Webb and Adam Arkin.
Check out the intriguing first trailer for “Rebel” starring Katey Sagal below:
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