Ellen Burstyn has been tapped for the lead role in Amy Poehler’s new NBC comedy pilot “Old Soul.” She will star opposite “Orange is the New Black’s” Natasha Lyonne in the pilot under director David Wain.
“Old Soul” follows main character Nadia (Lyonne), a former wild child who cares for the elderly. Burstyn will play the role of Nadia’s lesbian aunt Eileen, a recent cancer survivor.
The “Flowers in the Attic” thesp joins Fred Willard and Oscar winner Rita Moreno, who have already been cast to star in the pilot.
Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener are the laffer’s co-creators and exec producers.