Michael Sheen, an Emmy and BAFTA award nominee for his portrayal of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the telepic The Special Relationship and feature The Queen, has been tapped to play William Masters.
Sheen replaces Paul Bettany, who dropped out of the project.
Meanwhile, New Girl guest star Lizzy Caplan has been tapped to co-star as Virginia Johnson, who with Masters explored the science of human sexuality and whose research touched off the sexual revolution.
The drama pilot, based on Thomas Maier’s Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love, is being directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and begins production in March in New York.
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