Steve Coogan has been cast in a starring role in ABC's drama pilot Doubt.

The actor and comedian will play a cop-turned-lawyer in the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The pilot centres on Vincent (Coogan), a former policeman who now works as a cunning but charming low-rent lawyer who uses his street smarts to work the system for his clients while battling his own demons and trying to woo his ex-wife.

Vincent is described as handsome, charming, quick-witted and a maverick, who will do anything to save his clients.

The script will be written by David Shore with Tommy Schlamme directing the pilot.

Also featuring in the cast are Rockmond Dunbar, Greg Grunberg and Kacey Rohl.