Can I get a "YASSSS KWEEN"?! In what is possibly the best news to come out of 2017's International Women's Day, Laverne Cox is breaking down barriers yet again: She's bagged a lead role in an upcoming ABC/Warner Bros. show, The Trustee, and the role was not written with a trans character in mind.
A trailblazer of sorts, this is not the first time that #LaverneCox has championed progress in the entertainment industry — this is the woman who made history as the first trans lead in CBS's Doubt, after all. Now, in another first-time role, this #TheTrustee part has absolutely nothing to do with her trans identity.
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ABC announced her position on the #TV show this Tuesday, and revealed that Cox will be playing Amanda Jones in the female buddy cop series. Jones is an outlandish ex-con who's finishing her prison sentence by carrying out menial tasks for the police dept. Meaghan Rath (New Girl) also stars.
Of course this won't be the first time Cox has rocked the behind-bars vibe — she scored an Emmy nomination for her portrayal of Sophia Burset in Orange Is the New Black. Slay, girl!
Season 5 of Orange Is the New Black premiers on Netflix June 9th.
How are you celebrating this International Women's Day?