Catherine Zeta-Jones To Star In ‘Queen America’
Catherine Zeta-Jones is shown here speaking onstage during the A&E Networks portion of the 2018 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on January 14, 2018 in Pasadena, California – Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images North America.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has signed on to play the lead role in a new Facebook Watch series titled “Queen America,” according to Joe Otterson, TV reporter at the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
The one-hour series, which has received a 10-episode straight-to-series-order, is described as a dark comedy set in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It revolves around Vicki Ellis (Catherine Zeta-Jones), the most renowned and ruthless pageant coach in the state, and the hapless Samantha Stone, who hopes Vicki can mold her into worthwhile contender for the title of Miss America. Vicki is desperately sought after by young women competing to be Miss America for one reason; she can turn any girl into a winner. But when she gets paired with the beautiful but unpolished Samantha, Vicki’s entire reputation might be at stake.
Catherine Zeta-Jones most recently starred in the Lifetime movie “Cocaine Godmother: The Griselda Blanco Story.” Catherine Zeta-Jones also appeared as Olivia de Havilland in the first season of the Ryan Murphy anthology series “Feud.” She won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her work in the 2002 film adaptation of the hit musical “Chicago” and is also known for her roles in films like “Traffic,” “Entrapment,” “Intolerable Cruelty,” and “The Mask of Zorro.”
The series is created, written, and executive produced by Meaghan Oppenheimer. Made Up Stories’ Bruna Papandrea and Casey Haver, and Entertainment 360’s Guymon Casady and Suzan Bymel will also executive produce alongside Janice Williams. It also marks the first straight-to-series order for wiip, the new independent studio launched and led by veteran television executive Paul Lee. Made Up Stories will serve as wiip’s co-studio partner.
Catherine Zeta-Jones is repped by WME.