Hayley Atwell Nabs Lead in ABC Legal Drama Pilot

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Good news, Hayley Atwell fans: the actress has landed the lead role in an upcoming ABC pilot.

Bad news, Hayley Atwell fans: this may mean the end of Marvel's Agent Carter.

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According to Variety, Atwell will star in the drama Conviction, portraying the rebellious daughter of a dynastic political family who is forced to take a job as the head of Los Angeles’ newly-created Conviction Integrity Unit.

Along with her team of attorneys, investigators and forensic experts, Atwell's character will have two weeks to investigate cases where there’s a reason to believe that the wrong person may have been convicted of a crime.

If ABC does, indeed, pick up Marvel's Agent Carter for a third season, sources say the network could arrange Atwell's schedule so that she could film both shows.

Stay tuned.

And keep your fingers crossed, Agent Carter Fanatics. 

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