Pilot season is heating up, and more actors of Nigerian descent are landing TV roles that could define their careers. Today, we can report that Nigerian-American actress, Megalyn Echikunwoke has been cast as one of the two co-leads, opposite Brittany Snow, in Fox’s drama pilot.
The currently untitled drama centers on Julia Bechley (Snow), an only child who finds her life turned upside down when her father is forced to reveal that over the course of his pioneering career as a fertility doctor, he used his own sperm to conceive dozens of children.
As she dutifully begins to track down her emerging group of siblings, among a sea of brothers, Julia discovers only two sisters – both of whom quickly become a part of her now redefined family. Echikunwoke will play one of the two sisters, Edie, a successful criminal defense attorney.
If the show is a success, this could be Echikunwoke's big break. Most recently, she starred alongside Kevin Hart and Yvonne Orji in the comedy, Night School; as Mari McCabe/Vixen in the CW's show, Arrow; and she went on to voice the main character in the DC animated series, Vixen.