Rebel, from Grey's Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff, is based on the life of famed consumer advocate and environmental activist Brockovich today, long after Julia Roberts portrayed her in the 2000 film Erin Brockovich. Sagal will play Annie “Rebel” Bello, a blue collar legal advocate without a law degree. ABC describes her as "a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she fights for and the people she loves. When Rebel applies herself to a fight she believes in, she will win at almost any cost." Sagal has been one of the most sought-after actresses this pilot season, according to Deadline. "The network had been high on the Sons of Anarchy and Married… with Children alumna since last season when it ordered her comedy starring vehicle Nana to pilot," says Deadline's Nellie Andreeva. "The project did not go but ABC remained in business with Sagal, tapping her for arcs on Grand Hotel and The Conners. And this month, I hear ABC brass sent Sagal virtually all of their hottest scripts for her to choose from. She picked Rebel."