Donovan, Byrne Join Close at FX

Australian actress Rose Byrne will star opposite Glenn Close in a legal drama in development at FX.

Tate Donovan ("The O.C.") and Zeljko Ivanek ("Oz," "24") have also been cast in the pilot, which stars Close -- who earned an Emmy nomination for her turn on FX's "The Shield" in 2005 -- as a high-powered attorney. Production is scheduled to begin in February.

Byrne ("Marie Antoinette") will play a recent law-school graduate who lands her dream job working for Close's character, Patty Hughes. "The chemistry between her and Glenn was phenomenal from the moment they got together," co-creator Todd A. Kessler tells The Hollywood Reporter.

Donovan will play a senior attorney in the firm who has Hughes' ear, while Ivanek will play an experienced lawyer who's her opposing counsel in a high-profile case.

Todd Kessler ("The Sopranos") wrote the pilot with Glenn Kessler ("Robbery Homicide Division") and Daniel Zelman. "Sopranos" veteran Allen Coulter is directing it.

Byrne's credits also include "Troy" and "The Dead Girl," which opens in limited release next week. Donovan reprised his "O.C." role as Jimmy Cooper last week and has two films due next year: "Nancy Drew" and "Neal Cassady," a biopic of Beat Generation icon Neal Cassady in which he plays the title role.

Ivanek has appeared in the Lars Von Trier films "Dancer in the Dark" and "Dogville" and had a recurring part on "Homicide."

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