In the mid-80s, in the middle of pro-wrestling‘s first massive boom when Hulk Hogan, Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, and Rowdy Roddy Piper were running roughshod over the (then) WWF, a batshit nuts little promotion run out of hotel on the Las Vegas strip was redefining what it meant to be a woman in a world otherwise populated by giant men.
GLOW, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, was a hyper-colourful, wildly over-the-top, women-only wrestling promotion that took aspiring actors, dancers, models, or stunt performers and threw them into the realer-than-real world of pro-graps.
It was… well… it was batshit insane.
The story of the promotion, and the women involved, was turned into an absolutely excellent documentary in 2011, and now it would appear that an adaptation of it is headed to the streaming world.
Netflix has ordered a scripted comedy series based on, and set in, the neon pastel world of GLOW, and it would appear that everyone’s favourite ‘Community‘ alumn Alison Brie is set to step into the ring.
Brie has signed on to play the role of Ruth, a “struggling actress whose dreams of fame take a surprising turn when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling.“
The in-demand actor reportedly turned down a number of prime roles during the recent US pilot season, making this signing reasonably significant. Recently, Brie’s filled multiple voice roles on Netflix’s highly regarded ‘BoJack Horseman,’ and serves as an EP on the TV Land series ‘Teachers,’ which recently got picked up for a second season.
The ‘GLOW‘ series was co-created by ‘Homeland‘ and ‘Nurse Jackie‘ producer Liz Flahive, and ‘Orange is the New Black‘ producer Carly Mensch.
OINTB creator Jenji Kohan is serving as the executive producer on the project.
No word yet on when we’ll see the project on streaming screens, but you might wanna start prepping your spandex.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter.
Photo: Jason LaVeris/Getty.