GLOW: Alison Brie joins Jenji Kohan's Netflix comedy
Alison Brie is entering the ring of live-action comedy TV once again, as EW can confirm the actress will play a lead role in Jenji Kohan’s upcoming female-centric wrestling series, G.L.O.W.
Variety reports the 10-episode series, which Netflix picked up in May, will be set in the 1980s as it follows the formation of the all-woman Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling league. In addition to touring the nation with their wrestling act, the women of G.L.O.W. also starred in a half-hour TV series, which aired from 1986-1990. A 2012 documentary even explored the group’s rise to prominence.
On the Netflix series, Brie will play an out-of-work actress who looks to the league as a last-ditch effort to land a steady gig in show business.
Aside from her HBO pilot The Devil You Know, which was not picked up to series, G.L.O.W. marks Kohan’s first development as a series creator after launching Orange Is the New Black, which has thus far aired four seasons on Netflix. Earlier this year, the streaming giant announced it had renewed Orange Is the New Black for a fifth, sixth, and seventh season.
Brie currently voices Diane Nguyen on Netflix’s animated series BoJack Horseman. She previously starred in Community for five seasons on NBC before it was canceled. A sixth (and final) season aired on Yahoo Screen in 2015. She previously appeared on TV series such as Mad Men and Doctor Thorne, while her film roles include the 2016 comedy How to Be Single and last year’s Sleeping with Other People opposite Jason Sudeikis.
A premiere date for G.L.O.W.‘s 10-episode first season has yet to be announced.