August 6, 2008 / 6:44 AM / 11 years ago

Laurence Fishburne is prime "CSI" suspect

Actor Laurence Fishburne arrives to attend the Creative Coalition Awards Gala honoring individuals for their commitment to champion social welfare issues in New York December 18, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Laurence Fishburne is in talks to replace William Petersen as the star of CBS’ veteran crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

The search for a new lead has been shrouded in secrecy, but sources say Fishburne is being heavily courted to play the new character, described as a doctor/scientist outsider to the CSI unit who has the same genetic profile as a serial killer but hasn’t previously acted on any homicidal impulses.

Fishburne, an Oscar nominee for “What’s Love Got to Do With It,” had been mentioned as one of the “CSI” producers’ top choices for the role, along with John Malkovich and Kurt Russell.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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