February 28, 2012 / 2:15 AM / 7 years ago

Lucy Liu Joins CBS Sherlock Holmes Pilot 'Elementary' -- as Watson

Elementary, my dear Watson? Hardly.

Lucy Liu has joined the cast of CBS' Sherlock Holmes-drama pilot — as Holmes' assistant Watson. Who traditionally has been portrayed by, you know, male actors.

Also read: CBS Picks Up Sherlock Holmes Revamp and Legal Drama Pilots

With "Charlie's Angels" star Liu in the role, Watson is being re-envisioned as Joan Watson, who lives with Holmes in modern-day New York.

"Trainspotting" actor Jonny Lee Miller, who recently had a run on Showtime's serial-killer hit "Dexter," will star as the legendary sleuth Holmes in the pilot, which comes via CBS Television Studios and Timberman-Beverly Productions. (The latter is behind the network's current series "A Gifted Man" and "Unforgettable.")

Robert Doherty ("Ringer," "Medium") is writing and directing, with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly also executive-producing.

Deadline first reported the news. Related Articles:  Lucy Liu to Guest Star on TNT's 'Southland' CBS Picks Up Sherlock Holmes Revamp and Legal Drama Pilots

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