Alison Brie looks ready to rumble ahead of the debut of her brand new comedy series on Netflix, Glow, which focuses on the world of women’s wrestling.
The Community actress, who recently tied the knot to long-time boyfriend and now husband Dave Franco, is starring in the series which tells the story of Ruth Wilder (Brie) an out-of-work actress who gets thrust into the world of wrestling in 1980s LA.
Given a final shot at stardom in the ring, Brie’s Wilder is joined by former soap actress turned mother Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin) and 12 other misfits whom washed-up director Sam Sylvia (Mark Maron) is tasked with turning into wrestling superstars.
Inspired by the short-lived, real-life Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) professional wrestling organisation that enjoyed a cult following in the US in the 1980s, the series is the brainchild of writers Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch.
The pair worked together on the criminally underrated series Nurse Jackie as well as separately on shows like Homeland, Orange Is The New Black and Weeds and will serve as show runners.
Ahead of the premiere of the new series on Netflix this June 23, Netflix has offered up a first look at the series, which will embark on an initial 10-episode run later this year.
The first major television series or film to focus on the world of women’s wrestling, the show’s arrival could not be better timed with WWE in the process of expanding its women’s wrestling division.
One initiative already announced by the wrestling giant is the introduction of a 32-competitor women-only tournament to rival the King of the Ring, which will take place later this year.
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