Amy Sherman-Palladino has cast rising young actress Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards, Manhattan) in the title role of her Amazon dramedy pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.  

Set in the 1950s, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel centers on Miriam ‘Midge’ Maisel (Brosnahan), a 25-year-old sharp, sunny, energetic and absolutely adorable Jewish girl married and living with her husband and two children in NYC. A woman of her time, Midge is a dutiful daughter and a cheerleader of a wife to a man who, though he has a good job in his father’s company, sadly harbors delusional dreams of a stand-up comedy career. One day, Midge’s perfect life blows up when her husband leaves her for another woman. Completely unprepared, Midge suddenly finds herself at sea with only her wit to help her build a brand new life for herself. She goes on to become one of the first female standup comics.

Sherman-Palladino wrote the script and executive produces with Dan Palladino.

This marks the second big role for Brosnahan at Amazon where she also recently landed one of the leads in the new Woody Allen series.

Brosnahan was a regular on WGN America’s Manhattan in addition to playing the key role of Rachel Posner on Netflix’s House Of Cards, which earned her a guest starring Emmy nominationOn the film side, her credits include The Finest Hours, Joachim Trier’s Louder Than Bombs and Peter Berg’s upcoming Patriots Day. She’s repped by Innovative Artists,  Carole Dibo Talent Management and Schreck Rose.