Back in May, Netflix announced a straight-to-series order for their new program G.L.O.W., a fictionalized account about the star of a women's pro wrestling league known as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (G.L.O.W.). Orange is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan is serving as executive producer of this new series, and today we have word that the show has found its star in Alison Brie. While the Community star is the first actress to sign on, it isn't known how many other primary roles are still needed to be cast.
Deadline reports that this series is inspired by the real 1980s female wrestling league. The show will be set in Los Angeles, showcasing big hair and body slams. It will be the fictionalized story of an out of work actress named Ruth (Alison Brie), who finds one last attempt to live her dreams in the form of a weekly series about female wrestlers.
Jenji Kohan (Orange is the New Black) and Tara Herrmann (Orange is the New Black) are executive producers of G.L.O.W.. The series was co-created by Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Orange is the New Black), who will serve as showrunners. The real series ran for four seasons between 1986 and 1989, based in Las Vegas, which featured wrestling matches along with sketches and songs.
The show marks Alison Brie's return to the streaming service, after voicing Diane Nguyen on the hit animated series Bojack Horseman. She also recently portrayed Miss Dunstble in the Amazon Studios series Julian Fellowes Presents: Doctor Thorne. This new role in G.L.O.W. will mark her first starring role since Community ended its six season run on Yahoo! last year. She also had a recurring role on AMC's hit drama series Mad Men.
On the big screen, Alison Brie most recently starred in How to Be Single, Get a Job and the indie comedy Joshy, which debuted in limited release earlier this month. She'll next be seen in The Masterpiece, alongside James Franco, The Headhunter's Calling with Gerard Butler and The Little Hours with Aubrey Plaza. Stay tuned for more details and casting news for G.L.O.W. as the series moves forward.