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Facebook is building out the cast for dark comedy Queen America.
Jennifer Westfeldt (Younger) and Victoria Justice (Victorious) are joining the cast of the pageant world-set show starring Catherine Zeta-Jones. Facebook previously announced that a crop of newcomers — Belle Shouse, Teagle F. Bougere, Rana Roy, Isabella Amara, Molly Price and Megan West — had also signed onto the project.
Queen America is set in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and tells the story of Vicki Ellis (Zeta-Jones), a renowned and ruthless pageant coach who plans to turn the hapless Samantha (Belle Shouse) into a contender. Westfeldt will play Mandy Green, the reigning pageant coach from Texas and Vicki’s lifelong nemesis. Justice, meanwhile, will star as 21-year-old Hayley, Vicki’s beautiful and spoiled protege.
The series hails from Paul Lee’s wiip and Bruna Papandrea’s Made Up Stories. Queen America was created and written by Meaghan Oppenheimer (Fear the Walking Dead), who will executive produce. Lee is also executive producing alongside Papandrea and Casey Haver for Made Up Stories, Guymon Casady and Suzan Bymel for Entertainment 360 and Janice Williams. Made Up Stories’ Steve Hutensky will serve as co-executive producer. Alethea Jones is directing all 10 episodes and co-executive producing.
Queen America is one of Facebook’s first big scripted plays for audiences via its nearly year-old Watch platform. The social network also has ordered a Cristiano Ronaldo-produced soccer drama and the comedy Sorry for Your Loss starring Elizabeth Olsen.
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