By Megan Daley
Updated February 24, 2015 at 04:59 PM EST
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Paula Patton has been cast as the lead character in the ABC pilot Runner.

The pilot follows Lauren Marks (Paula Patton), whose perfect life is ripped apart by a twist of fate. To uncover the truth, she must follow a trail of lies that take her into the world of cartels and the illegal gun trade between the U.S. and Mexico.

Runner, from 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios, is written by Michael Cooney (6 Souls) and directed by Michael Offer (who directed the How to Get Away with Murder pilot.)