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Academy Award-nominated actress Viola Davis will star in ABC’s upcoming pilot How to Get Away With Murder, produced for the network by ABC Studios and Shondaland (Grey’s Anatomy producer Shonda Rhimes’ production company.)

Davis will play Professor Annalise Dewitt on the legal thriller, which focuses on ambitious law students and their mysterious criminal defense professor (Davis). Things start to go awry when both students and teacher become entangled in a murder plot that could cause drastic ramifications to their university and alter the course of each of their lives.

Peter Nowalk (Grey’s Anatomy) will pen the script for the drama and will also executive produce alongside Rhimes on the show.

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How to Get Away With Murder

Viola Davis stars as a law professor where she teaches, wait for it, how to get away with murder.

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