Margo Martindale on Board for CBS Pilot
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by BWW News Desk
According to Deadline.com, Margo Martindale is set to join previously announced Patrick Wilson and Jennifer Ehle in a still untitled CBS pilot. The series is the brainchild of Susannah Grant, who is perhaps best known for her Oscar-nominated screenplay for the 2001 film Erin Brokovich.
Matindale received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for her Broadway debut performance, as Big Mama in a 2004 revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opposite Ashley Judd, Jason Patric and Ned Beatty. In 1987, she starred in the original Off-Broadway New York stage production of Steel Magnolias, in the role of Truvy, which was played by Dolly Parton in the film version. Other Off-Broadway productions include Always...Patsy Cline and The Sugar Bean Sisters.
Ehle earned critical acclaim for her Broadway debut as Annie in Tom Stoppard's The Real Thing; winning both a Theatre World Award and the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play. She returned to the stage in 2005 in The Philadelphia Story at the Old Vic opposite Kevin Spacey. She won her second Tony award for portraying three characters in Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia triptych, which ran from October 2006 until May 2007. She played Myrtle Logue, wife of King George VI's speech therapist Lionel Logue, in The King's Speech. George VI was played by her Pride and Prejudice co-star, Colin Firth.
Wilson's most recent Broadway appearance was in ALL MY SONS in 2008. He has also received an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for HBO's adaptation of ANGELS IN AMERICA and also starred in the film adaptation of WATCHMEN in addition to having a lengthy list of film credits to his name.
The show, directed by Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs"), will tape in New York as per Wilson's requirements for taking the part; no further information or casting is available at this time.