The mini, now in development, is based on the praised 2014 non-fiction book Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe. Based on interviews and research, it tells the real-life story of three women who enlist in the National Guard and serve their country during the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, which leads them to form life-long friendships.
Black List scribe and former soldier Nicole Riegel will write the adaptation in her TV debut and will serve as co-producer. Louis-Dreyfus will executive produce alongside her producing partner/husband, Brad Hall.
Raised in Ohio, Riegel served in the military after high school before attending UCLA and graduating from the Master of Fine Arts Writing Program. Her original screenplay Dogfight landed her a spot on the 2013 Blacklist. In 2014, she participated in the Sundance Screenwriters lab with her screenplay Lynch, which tells the story of Jessica Lynch, an American P.O.W. in the Iraq war who fights to uncover the truth of her captivity and to reclaim her personal narrative.
Riegel also is writing an untitled war drama feature at Fox for Cary Fukunaga to direct. She is repped by CAA, Rise Management and lawyer Myman Greenspan.
Louis-Dreyfus in September won her fourth consecutive Best Comedy Actress Emmy for Veep and also shared in the show’s Best Comedy Series Emmy Award. She has won acting Emmys for three series, Seinfeld, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Veep. Louis-Dreyfus is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham. Hall is repped by Gersh. Thorpe was repped by Denise Shannon Literary agency and the Gotham group in the deal.