Apple’s attempt at original programming has gotten off to a very impressive start with names like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Aaron Paul, Octavia Spencer, and J.J. Abrams all signing on for various projects. Although, it looks like they’ve finally hit their first bump in the road. Kristen Wiig who was supposed to headline an upcoming comedy series inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s short story collection You Think It, You’ll Say It, has exited the project due to a scheduling conflict.
Having recently signed on to star as the villain Cheetah in the upcoming Wonder Woman sequel, Wiig was unable to stay committed to her Apple series, which had already received a 10 episode straight-to-series order. The series was Apple’s first scripted comedy order of their new original programming platform and would have marked Wiig’s first series regular role since Saturday Night Live!
The project, which was going to be produced by Reese Witherspoon with 30 Rock’s Colleen McGuiness serving as Showrunner, has now been placed on hold as the team decides whether they will recast Wiig’s role.
While we’re sure Wiig is sad to be leaving the Apple series, her casting as Cheetah spurred a whirlpool of excitement amongst Wonder Woman fans who just recently learned that the sequel would be taking place in the ’80’s with a mysterious sneak peek at Chris Pine’s character (who was believed to be dead!). Gal Gadot will be reprising her role with Patty Jenkins returning as Director. Wonder Woman was a huge hit amongst critics, broke many box-office records, and currently holds the title for the highest grossing live-action film directed by a woman, so we think it’s safe to say that Wiig has made the right choice!
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