EXCLUSIVE: Global superstar Ricky Martin is to star in Apple TV+ female-led comedy series Mrs. American Pie, Deadline can reveal.
The news comes with the multiple Grammy winner and Emmy nominee star in Cannes preparing to perform at the American Foundation for Aids Research gala alongside the likes of Christina Aguilera later this week.
Martin will star in Mrs. American Pie as Robert, and is the latest to be added to a cast list that includes Kristen Wiig, Alison Janney and Laura Dern for the series that is exec produced by Dern. Breaking News In Yuba County’s Tate Taylor is directing.
The move is a big role for Martin, who was last seen playing Antonio D’Amico in Ryan Murphy’s critically-acclaimed FX drama The Assassination of Gianni Versace, part of the American Crime story anthology.
He is understood to be seeking meatier roles as he develops his acting career and Mrs. American Pie is a perfect opportunity.
The 10-parter is a period comedy piece based on the novel by Juliet McDaniel.
Wiig leads as Maxine Simmons, a woman attempting to secure her seat at America’s most exclusive table: Palm Beach high society.
Hailing from Apple Studios, the series was developed by Dern and her producing partner Jayme Lemons via their Jaywalker Pictures banner. Abe Sylvia, who is behind Jessica Chastain’s upcoming George & Tammy series, will write, exec produce and showrun the series. Taylor and John Norris serve as executive producers under their Wyolah Entertainment banner.
The novel was optioned through a first-look deal with Boat Rocker, and Katie O’Connell Marsh is executive producer for Boat Rocker.
Martin’s lawyer is Garret Glass and he is repped by Joe Machota at CAA and Jason Weinberg at Untitled Entertainment.
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