Tea Leoni to star in Morgan Freeman's CBS pilot, "Madame Secretary"

Tea Leoni arrives to the 2014 UNICEF Ball on Jan. 14, 2014, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Tea Leoni is taking over the State Department.

The "Tower Heist" star has been cast as the lead in a new pilot from CBS, "Madame Secretary," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Leoni, 47, will play Elizabeth Faulkner McGill, a teacher who finds herself as the new U.S. Secretary of State, a position Hillary Clinton held from January 2009 - February 2013.

"Madame Secretary" will see McGill juggling between her private life and her new senior title.

The series comes from executive producers Lori McCreary, Tracy Mercer, actor Morgan Freeman and Barbara Hall.

Hall has previously produced several series for CBS, including "Northern Exposure," "Chicago Hope," "Judging Amy" and "Joan of Arcadia." Her other producing credits include "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" and the hit Showtime series "Homeland."

Leoni previously starred in the TV seers "Flying Blind" and "The Naked Truth."

In addition to "Heist," Leoni has starred in films, including "Wyatt Earp," "Bad Boys," "Flirting with Disaster," "Deep Impact," "Spanglish" and "Fun with Dick and Jane."

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