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Helen Mirren to host Bill Hader, Seth Meyers, and Fred Armisen's 'Documentary Now!' on IFC: Exclusive

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SNL alums Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Seth Meyers have joined forces to create a docu-parody series for IFC named Documentary Now!—but these guys weren’t joking around when it came time to cast a host. EW has learned that the trio have landed The Queen herself, Helen Mirren. 

The Oscar- and Emmy-winning actress (and 2015 Tony nominee for The Audience) will emcee the six-episode showcase of mockumentaries, which spoofs famous docs (such as the Grey Gardens tribute “Sandy Passage,” as seen below). “Despite her being a relative unknown, we’ve long been a fan of Helen,” Meyers quips to EW. “We hope Documentary Now! will be the show that introduces her to the world.”

Mirren, who hosted SNL in 2011 and next stars in the big-screen dramas Trumbo and Eye in the Sky, will appear at the beginning of each installment to introduce that week’s half-hour film; the first photo of her in hosting mode can be seen above. Armisen and Hader star in the series while serving as executive producers/writers with Meyers. 

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For more first-look photos of Documentary Now!, which premieres Aug. 20, click here.