"Law & Order: SVU" has never shied away from tackling real-life headlines -- and it's combining two of them for an upcoming episode.
The crime drama's 15th season will feature an episode inspired by both the George Zimmerman trial and the , executive producer Warren Leight has confirmed.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Leight explained, "[Jeffrey] Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him."
"There's a lot of stop and frisk elements to that as well," he added.
Cybill Shephard will portray the chef, and Leslie Odom Jr. ("Smash") is playing a minister of the slain child in what will be the season's third episode.
The revelations came a day after pictures surfaced from the "SVU" set that implied a Trayvon Martin-centric episode was in the works. One photo shows actors holding up signs at a protest similar to ones that occurred during and after Zimmerman's trial.
Leight told EW the episode won't shy away from tough questions. "Is racial profiling justifiable? Can self-defense involve racial profiling? We're diving right into that," he said. "Can that happen in New York? Absolutely."
"Law & Order: SVU" returns with a two-hour season premiere on Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.