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Pilots: AMC Locks Up 'Shield' Star

"The Shield" star Walton Goggins will go from cop to recently released prison inmate in a pilot being developed at AMC.

Goggins is set to star in "Rectify," a drama about a man who's released from prison after DNA evidence proves he was wrongfully put away. The project comes from actor-writer Ray McKinnon ("Deadwood," "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"), the showbiz trade papers say.

"Ray McKinnon's script beautifully weaves together the legal drama surrounding a wrongful conviction into a great character-driven family drama," says Christina Wayne, who oversees scripted series at AMC.

McKinnon and Goggins won an Oscar in 2002 for the short film "The Accountant," which McKinnon wrote and directed and Goggins produced. They've also collaborated on the indie films "Chrystal" and "Randy and the Mob."

McKinnon and Mark Johnson ("Breaking Bad") will executive produce the pilot, with Goggins and Stephen Kay serving as co-exec producers.

Goggins is winding down his tenure on "The Shield," which ends its seven-season run on FX later this month. He also recently appeared in Spike Lee's " Miracle at St. Anna."

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