Rose Byrne to Star in 1980s Aerobics Dramedy at Apple

The project, which is near a series order at the tech giant's TV+, comes from Annie Weisman ('Almost Family') and Alexandra Cunningham ('Dirty John').
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Rose Byrne

Apple is going back to the 1980s with Rose Byrne.

The tech behemoth's TV+ platform is nearing a series order for Physical, a dramedy set against the backdrop of the '80s aerobics craze. Byrne (Bridesmaids, Neighbors) will star as a Southern California woman struggling in her life as a quietly tortured housewife who finds an unconventional path to power through the world of aerobics.

The project comes from Annie Weisman (Almost Family, Desperate Housewives), who is writing and will serve as showrunner. She will executive produce with Alexandra Cunningham (Dirty John) and Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements. Tomorrow Studios, a partnership between Adelstein and ITV Studios, is producing.

Byrne is a two-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for her work on FX's Damages. She is set to play Gloria Steinem on FX on Hulu's Mrs. America opposite Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly. The Bridesmaids star's recent movie work includes Jon Stewart's Irresistible, due for release in May; the Insidious horror franchise; and Like a Boss. Byrne is repped by CAA and RGM Artist Group.

Tomorrow Studios also has live-action adaptations of the best-selling manga One Piece and anime series Cowboy Bebop at Netflix and is behind TNT's Snowpiercer

Weisman developed Fox's Almost Family, based on the Australian series Sisters, and exec produces with Jason Katims. Her credits also include ABC's Suburgatory and Hulu's The Path. Cunningham also worked on Desperate Housewives and ran the U.S. version of Prime Suspect at NBC before creating and serving as showrunner on Dirty John, which is moving to USA after a first season on Bravo.

Physical is set to join a lineup of more than two dozen scripted series on Apple TV+, which launched in November. The streamer has renewed every scripted show that has debuted thus far, save for the limited series Truth Be Told, and handed out early pickups to Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet and Home Before Dark