Diane Keaton has signed on for the lead role of Tilda, HBO’s new half-hour comedy pilot, based on the life of gossip columnist Nikki Finke. Ellen Page has also joined the cast as Caroyln, a morally conflicted creative assistant caught between following the corporate culture of the studio she works for and following Tilda, who has taken a keen interest in her.
Keaton and Page have both been recently attached to other showtime series. Keaton, who has never starred on a TV series, was attached to another half-hour project about a feminist icon launching a sexually explicit magazine for women. While Page is also developing Stitch N’ Bitch, a single-camera comedy she is writing with two other young actors, Alia Shawkat and Sean Tillmann for the network.
On the big screen, Page will co-stars opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Christopher Nolan’s summer film Inception, and Keaton’s co-starring in Morning Glory.
Tell Me You Love Me creator Cynthia Mort wrote the script and is executive producing the pilot, with Bill Condon who is attached to direct. Filming starts in June in Los Angeles.
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