September 12, 2012 10:45am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Jason Biggs to Co-Star in Netflix's 'Orange Is the New Black' (Exclusive)
Jason Biggs is heading to Netflix.
The American Pie actor has been tapped to co-star in Netflix's original series Orange Is the New Black, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
From Weeds creator Jenji Kohan, Orange stars Mercy's Taylor Schilling as Piper, an engaged Brooklyn resident whose decade-ago relationship with a drug runner in college results in her arrest and multiyear detention in a federal penitentiary. Lacking any real-world experience to deal with her harsh new environment, Piper immerses herself in women's prison culture and finds acceptance, tears, laughter and love amid an outspoken group of inmates.
Biggs will play Piper's fiance Larry Bloom in the 13-episode hourlong drama with comedic elements.
The series from Lionsgate TV is based on the memoir by Piper Kerman about her year in a women's prison. Kohan, whose Weeds will wrap its eight-season run with a one-hour finale Sunday on Showtime, will write and executive produce Orange Is the New Black.
Orange marks Netflix's latest original series, joining the Media Rights Capital-produced political thriller House of Cards from David Fincher and Kevin Spacey, Eli Roth's Hemlock Grove, the revival of cult comedy Arrested Development as well as the second season of Lilyhammer.
Biggs voices Leonardo on Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. Along with the American Pie franchise, his credits include Mad Love and Grassroots, co-starring How I Met Your Mother's Cobie Smulders. He's repped by UTA and Management 360.