NBC has picked up a new CIA drama starring Katherine Heigl.

The former Grey's Anatomy star will play a CIA analyst in the project from The Following's Alexi Hawley.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project was previously in search of a network but has now landed at NBC.

The show is about a maverick CIA officer (Heigl) who must balance a complicated personal life with high stakes matters of national security.

Heigl said of the show: "The story is not only compelling and intelligent but a look behind the curtain at the CIA we haven't seen before in film or television. I am thrilled and honoured to have been asked to be a part of developing these stories and this character and bringing it all to life. 

"NBC has been a true partner in their passion and support for the show that we've dreamed of making, and I could not be happier about joining forces with them. Together, with our brilliant writer Alexi Hawley, I believe we are going to make great television!"

This show would mark Heigl's return to the small screen following her departure from her role as Izzie Stevens on ABC's Grey's Anatomy in 2010.