In a recent self-interview with Interview Magazine, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Donald Glover has confirmed that PEN15 star Maya Erskine has been tapped for a lead role in Prime Video’s upcoming TV adaptation of Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Her casting comes after six months since Phoebe Waller-Bridge exited the project over creative differences with Glover.
“Yeah. She’s dope. It’s exciting. I really love the show. I’m writing the finale now,” Glover said about Erskine.
Erskine is best known for starring in Hulu’s hit comedy PEN15, which she also co-created and co-executive produced with co-star Anna Konkle. For their work on the first season, the duo received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Erskine will also next be seen in Disney+’s upcoming Star Wars series Obi-Wan Kenobi.
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Mr. & Mrs. Smith is a reboot series, based on Doug Liman’s 2005 action comedy of the same name. It is co-created and executive produced by Glover and Francesca Sloane, who are both serving as showrunners. The project will be part of Glover’s overall deal with Amazon Studios.
Executive producers are New Regency’s Yariv Milchan and Michael Schaefer and Wells Street Films’ Jenny Robins. It is scheduled to make its debut on Prime Video.
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The original film was penned by Simon Kinberg and helmed by Doug Liman. It centered on an upper-class married couple who are surprised to learn that they’re both assassins at competing agencies and have been assigned to kill each other. It was led by Oscar winners Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.