Grey's Anatomy star Sarah Drew plots TV comeback as she lands new lead role

Photo credit: Kelsey McNeal - ABC
Photo credit: Kelsey McNeal - ABC

From Digital Spy

Sarah Drew has landed a lead role on a new TV show, nearly one year after leaving Grey's Anatomy.

The actress, who played Dr April Kepner in the ABC medical drama before she was dropped last season, will star in CBS drama pilot The Republic of Sarah, which is being directed by (500) Days of Summer and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend's Marc Webb.

Drew will play title character Sarah Cooper, a "sharply intelligent, fiercely loyal" resident of a town who becomes the unlikely new young mayor, reports Deadline.

Photo credit: Imeh Akpanudosen - Getty Images
Photo credit: Imeh Akpanudosen - Getty Images

The town's residents declare themselves an independent nation after the discovery of a valuable resource.

Kepner's departure from Grey's Anatomy – alongside Jessica Capshaw who played Dr Arizona Robbins – proved highly controversial, but showrunner Krista Vernoff has since said that the "doors are open" for a return for April in the future.

Drew said that a return isn't on her mind as she has had to let go of the character.

Photo credit: Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images
Photo credit: Kelsey McNeal/ABC via Getty Images

"I really do feel like, because of how it went down, I really had to part ways with April," she explained. "I just had to. There was no way for me to live in a space of possibility of her returning and also be healthy in my letting go of all of it, so I really have said goodbye to her.

"I think saying hello again would be hard. But again, I'll never say never."

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