HBO Picks Up Julia Louis-Dreyfus Comedy Pilot ‘Veep’

by | April 18, 2011 at 7:15 AM | Casting News, Celebrities

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

UPDATED: HBO has picked up “Veep,” the new comedy starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The former “Seinfeld” star will play Selina Meyer, a U.S. Senator who suddenly becomes Vice President. Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”) and Anna Chlumsky (“Lights Out”) will co-star in the D.C.-set political satire. “I take the role of vice president very seriously,” Louis-Dreyfus said. “And although everyone says this is a comedy, I don’t think there is anything funny at all about me being a heartbeat away from the presidency.” Production is scheduled to begin this fall with an airdate sometime in 2012.

PREVIOUSLY: Julia Louis-Dreyfus hasn’t wasted much time since the cancellation of ‘The New Adventures of Old Christine.’ Deadline reports the former ‘Seinfeld‘ star has signed on to play the lead in HBO’s upcoming comedy pilot, ‘Veep.’

The D.C.-based series centers on former Senator Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus) who becomes Vice President of the United States.

The show comes from British Comedian Armando Iannucci, who co-wrote and will direct the pilot as well as executive produce alongside Chris Godsick and Frank Rich. Louis-Dreyfus will also co-produce.

Are you excited to see Louis-Dreyfus back in a leading role?

Watch Louis-Dreyfus Nail A ‘Real Housewives’ Parody On The Recent ‘Women Of SNL’ Special: