Fishburne in Talks to Replace Petersen on CSI


Laurence Fishburne is in talks to succeed William Petersen as the star of CBS’ veteran crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” says The Hollywood Reporter.

CBS and CBS Paramount’s search has been shrouded in secrecy, but the trade says Fishburne is being heavily courted to play the new character, described as a doctor/scientist outsider to the CSI unit who has the same genetic profile as a serial killer but hasn’t previously acted on any homicidal impulses.

Fishburne had been mentioned as one of the “CSI” producers’ top choices for the role, along with John Malkovich and Kurt Russell.