Nellie Andreeva

burstynAmy Poehler’s NBC comedy pilot Old Soul already boasts two Oscar winners, and casting is barely half-way done. Ellen Burstyn is set for a plum lead role opposite Natasha Lyonne in the single-camera pilot written/exec produced by Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener and directed by David Wain. Old Soul centers on a reformed wild child Nadia (Lyonne) who has a business caring for the elderly and feels she has more in common with her colorful old clients than she does with people her age. Burstyn will play aunt Nadia’s aunt Eileen, an earthy lesbian with a New Age bent who has recently survived cancer. Nadia may take care of her elderly clients, which are Eileen’s friends, but Eileen takes care of Nadia. Burstyn, repped by Innovative and the Schiff Co., joins recently cast Fred Willard and Oscar winner Rita Moreno and two of Eileen’s friends. She stars in Lifetime’s Flowers In the Attic movie franchise.

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