Drew Barrymore and Ellie Kemper Stand-In at Netflix
An actress and her stand-in trade places. Sure, why not? It’s not like anyone’s going to mistake them for each other, unless this is a Freaky Friday-style body switching scenario. Oh, wait, it kinda-sorta is? Well now we’re on board, but we’re also getting ahead of ourselves. In The Stand-In, coming soon to Netflix, Drew Barrymore plays a famous comedic actress who yearns to live a simpler existence and decides to switch places with her stand-in, also played by Drew Barrymore. And when the celebrity version finds herself usurped of her uniquely privileged life, that’s when things go off the rails. The Stand-In is written by Sam Bain (Four Lions) and directed by But I’m A Cheerleader’s Jamie Babbit, and co-stars the wonderful Ellie Kemper (The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Chicago Fire regular Charlie Barnett, Michael Zegen (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) and the hilarious Holland Taylor, whose long and regal career as a character actress is the very definition of Legendary Lesbian. We’ll watch twice.
Lee Pace stars in Asimov’s Foundation
Let’s just say that ever since Pushing Daisies we’ve had a serious but not at all obsessive thing for Lee Pace – even when he was a bit caught off guard at being accidentally outed by Ian McKellen a few years back (a definite oops senior moment for Miss McKellen) and even when it seemed like we were the only ones watching Halt and Catch Fire. OK, we might have actually been the only ones. Anyway, our fandom continues stronger than ever and now Pace has a new project, Foundation that we’ll probably love just as strongly. Based on a series of sci-fi novels by Isaac Asimov, Foundation is a thousand-year saga about a group of exiles battling for the survival of a galactic empire, one ruled by an emperor named Brother Day that Pace will play (this makes sense to us because he’s very tall and no, don’t ask us to explain that logically in any way, thank you). It co-stars Jared Harris (Mad Men) is set for Apple TV+, and if it all sounds a little like Star Wars that’s because it pre-dates that George Lucas-created juggernaut by a few decades and was probably a heavy influence. In other words, respect your elders for once.
Romeo San Vicente loves anything that Drew Barrymore stars in!