Boardwalk Empire alum Michael Zegen has been cast opposite Rachel Brosnahan in Amy Sherman-Palladino’s Amazon drama pilot The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

Set in the 1950s, the project centers on Miriam “Midge” Maisel (Brosnahan), who had her life mapped out for herself: go to college, find a husband, have 2.5 kids and throw the best Yom Kippur dinners in her elegant Manhattan apartment. But when her life takes an unexpected turn, Midge will have to decide quickly what else she’s good at. Going from uptown housewife to a stand-up comic in a grungy club in the Village is an appalling choice to everyone but Midge.

Zegen will play Joel, Midge’s (soon-to-be-ex) husband. Joel is self-assured, charming, loves to make people laugh and to be the center of attention. Although he has a good job working for his father’s company, his real dream is to be a stand-up comedian. It’s his dream but not his destiny. And once he figures that out, he decides he can’t face his life, or his wife. He leaves but he never manages to completely untangle himself from Midge. In addition to Brosnahan, he joins the recently cast Tony Shalhoub.

Zegen recurred as legendary gangster Bugsy Siegel on Boardwalk Empire and recently starred opposite Mark Strong in the Tony-winning production of A View From the Bridge. He next will be seen in The Seagull opposite Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening and Corey Stoll. Zegen is repped by UTA and co-managed by Underground and Authentic.