Britt Robertson has been primed for bigger, more ambitious fare for some time now. She was a standout in two unexpectedly strong, small movies, The First Time and Mother and Child, and then served as the lead in Brad Bird‘s unfairly dismissed Tomorrowland, alongside George Clooney and Hugh Laurie. Yeah, there was also the forgettable Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride, and the deeply unfunny Delivery Man, but she certainly proved herself as one of a very few highlights in both of those movies.
So, it’s great to hear that she’s set to star in Girlboss, Netflix’s latest, upcoming comedy series, in a role based on Sophia Amorusa, the founder of the quite popular Nasty Gal brand. The series will be drawn largely from Amorusa’s memoir, #Girlboss, and Charlize Theron will serve as producer alongside How to Be Single director Christian Ditter, who is also likely to direct at least part of the series. The comedy series will premiere in 2017, and is described in the press release as such:
In the series, Robertson portrays Sophia, a rebellious, broke anarchist who refuses to grow up. She stumbles upon her passion of selling vintage clothes online and becomes an unlikely businesswoman. As she builds her retail fashion empire, she realizes the value and the difficulty of being the boss of her own life.
One of Netflix’s most undervalued recent additions was Love, which featured a superb lead performance from Gillian Jacobs, and Jessica Jones is even better than Daredevil, which is saying something. There should be more shows that focus distinctly on the lives of young woman in a wide range of conceits, and Girlboss has the potential to be as emotionally gripping and inventive as either of those series, especially considering that the series is created by 30 Rock honcho Kay Cannon, who was also responsible for production duties on Pitch Perfect 2. Here’s hoping that something as unique and colorful as 30 Rock can come out of Girlboss, while also finding its own tone and world.