Petersen Seeking Kaye’s “Detachment”

William Petersen has joined the indie high school drama “Detachment” says The Hollywood Reporter.

The story follows an emotionally detached substitute teacher (Adrien Brody) who finds himself becoming invested in the students and teachers at the troubled school where he works. He also becomes close with a homeless teen working as a prostitute.

Petersen will play a Vietnam veteran turned history teacher who gets in trouble when he shows a gay film while teaching a class lesson about tolerance. The project marks Petersen’s first screen role since departing “CSI” last year.

Bryan Cranston, James Caan, Christina Hendricks, Lucy Liu and Marcia Gay Harden also star. Shooting recently kicked off in New York.

Tony Kaye (“American History X”) directs from a script by Carl Lund while Bingo Gubelmann, Austin Stark, Benji Kohn and Greg Shapiro are producing.