Natasha Lyonne to star in Amy Poehler-produced Netflix comedy
Natasha Lyonne is getting her own Netflix series.
The streaming network announced Wednesday that it has ordered a new comedy straight-to-series, with Natasha Lyonne attached as co-creator — along with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland — and also the main star.
The comedy, from Universal Television, follows a young woman named Nadia (Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a seemingly inescapable party one night in New York City. Headland serves as head writer on the first episode and will write the rest of the series with Lyonne. Poehler executive-produces along with the pair under her Paper Kite banner, which is also behind Hulu’s Difficult People.
“So excited to get cracking with the intensely brilliant Leslye Headland, the GOAT with a heart of gold Amy Poehler, and Netflix, the safe haven I’ve been searching for since the ’80s,” Lyonne said in a statement. “Deeply moved to work with such heavy hitters and to share our show with the world.”
Lyonne is best known for playing Nicky on Netflix’s flagship series Orange Is the New Black, which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2014. She also starred in Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie opposite Jeff Garlin earlier this year.
Headland, writer-director on the films Bachelorette and Sleeping With Other People, previously wrote for FX comedy-drama Terriers. She said in a statement, “These women are heroes of mine and to work with them at a company that promotes originality and creativity is a thrill.”