7:00am PT by Jackie Strause
'GLOW': Alison Brie Steps Into the Ring in First Look at Jenji Kohan's Netflix Wrestling Comedy
Meet the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling — aka GLOW.
The first photos of Netflix's 1980s female wrestling comedy, released exclusively to The Hollywood Reporter, show Alison Brie making her debut as Ruth Wilder, a struggling and out-of-work actress who eventually goes on to create the first women's wrestling TV show.
The 10-episode Netflix series, which hails from Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, is inspired by the real GLOW, a professional women's wrestling TV series that ran from 1986 to 1990. The original show took its inspiration from Barbarella's, Jackie Stallone's gym for women, and ran for four seasons.
The Netflix version brings back the big hair and body slams in its quasi-revival of the phenomenon but is told through the fictionalized Ruth, who finds one last chance for stardom when she's thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women's wrestling, ultimately forming the weekly series. Think: a Cinderella story with a wrestling ring as a chariot.
The first images show Brie, along with fellow castmembers Marc Maron and Betty Gilpin, both in and out of the ring in 1985 Los Angeles. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Gilpin), a former soap actress who left show business to have a baby, only to be sucked back into work when her picture-perfect life is not what it seems. Comedian and podcaster Maron plays trainer Sam Sylvia, a washed-up, B-movie director who now must lead this group of women on the journey to wrestling stardom.
GLOW was created by Liz Flahive (Homeland, Nurse Jackie) and Carly Mensch (Nurse Jackie, Orange Is the New Black, Weeds). Kohan and Tara Herrmann executive produce alongside co-showrunners Flahive and Mensch.
The half-hour comedy releases on Netflix June 23.
Check out the images — including a bodysuit-wearing Brie getting a beatdown — below.