A&E Employs Benjamin Bratt as 'Cleaner'


Benjamin Bratt has scored the lead role in "The Cleaner," a drama pilot set up at A&E.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Semel ("Heroes") is in talks to direct the pilot.

"The Cleaner" was created by Jonathan Price ("American Dreams") and Robert Munic and was based on a real-life extreme interventionist. Bratt will play William, a former convict and addict who makes a deal with God to go straight and help other people get clean "by any means necessary."

A&E has asked for a second episode script as well.

Bratt's casting is the second big-name pilot addition of the week for A&E, following the addition of Patrick Swayze to the network's "The Beast."

The is Bratt's second consecutive project with A&E after starring in the cable net's miniseries adaptation of "The Andromeda Strain." Last seen on the small screen toplining NBC's "E-Ring," the "Law & Order" veteran's next film offering is "Love in the Time of Cholera."

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