Reese Witherspoon is to star in a brand-new comedy set in a British school where she teaches cheerleading.
Prime Video has ordered two seasons of the new show, All Stars, which will tell the story of a former cheerleader from Daytona Beach (played by Witherspoon) who manages to con her way to England and ends up teaching an unlikely group of students how to cheer in a school on the South Coast of the UK, reports Deadline.
Witherspoon, who made her name as a movie star in films like Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde, Cruel Intentions and won an Oscar for her performance as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, has made a number of television projects in recent years.
She was one of the major stars of Apple TV+’s flagship The Morning Show opposite Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell and won critical acclaim for her performances in Little Fires Everywhere and Big Little Lies (pictured above) on the small screen.
The new show, which is already be compared by some to Ted Lasso, the Apple TV+ comedy that sees an American Football coach come to manage an English football team will be produced by Reese Witherspoon’s own production company Hello Sunshine!
“We are beyond excited to continue our fantastic relationship with Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter with this one-of-a-kind comedy, All Stars!,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon and MGM Studios.
She added: “Aline Brosh McKenna’s pitch delivered it all—originality, an iconic lead character, and tons of fun! There is also a throughline of hope, perseverance, and being true to your authentic self that will resonate everywhere. We are over the moon to work with Reese, Lauren, Aline, and the Hello Sunshine team to bring this series to life for our global Prime Video audience.”
“I’ve been looking for a project that brought our Hello Sunshine mission to make women the heroes of their own stories to a younger generation for a long time. When I saw this story, I immediately knew this idea would do just that,” Witherspoon said.
She added: “The idea of watching an American woman coming to share the very American sport of cheerleading to a group of young women in the UK just made me so excited! I love that this show is filled with real heart, deep joy and the power of teamwork. I can’t wait to partner with the brilliant, hilarious, and talented Aline McKenna yet again to create a truly original comedic character, and with the team at Amazon whose passion for this project was unparalleled.”