Gayle Rankin has been cast in Netflix’s upcoming comedy series “G.L.O.W.,” Variety has learned.
The show, from “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan, is based on the 1980s professional wrestling league Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. Rankin will play wrestler Sheila the She Wolf, starring opposite Alison Brie, who was cast in August.
Rankin most recently played Bianca in the Public Theater’s production of “The Taming of the Shrew” in New York. She can next be seen in director Noah Baumbach’s upcoming movie “The Meyerowitz Tales.” Originally from Scotland, she had previously been cast as a series regular in the HBO pilot “The Missionary.” She made her Off-Broadway debut in Tony Kushner’s adaptation of “The Illusion” at the Signature Theater Company and her Broadway debut as Fraulien Kost in the Roundabout Theater Company’s revival of “Cabaret,” alongside Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming.
“G.L.O.W.” is inspired by the real-life stories of the women who performed on the league’s weekly television show, which ended in 1990. Kohan will serve as executive producer with Tara Herrmann and series co-creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch. No premiere date for the 10-episode initial season has been set.
Rankin is represented by UTA and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.