Alternate headline: British actress cast in American adaptation of British novel. NBC's "About A Boy" pilot has added another solid player to its cast.
Minnie Driver, perhaps best known for her Oscar nominated performance in "Good Will Hunting," has signed on as the female lead in the potential new series.
Last week, it was reported that David Walton ("Perfect Couples", "New Girl") had been cast in the lead role as eternal man-child Will Freeman, a role which was played by Hugh Grant in the 2002 film version of the novel. Driver will reportedly play Fiona (portrayed by Toni Collette in the film), the clinically depressed, eccentric mother of the young boy Marcus who forms an unusual friendship with Freeman. No word on whether she'll get to keep her endearing accent or if NBC will make her 'murrcan-ize it up.
The series adaptation is being spearheaded by "Parenthood"'s Jason Katims, who will write and produce the pilot, while Jon Favreau ("Iron Man") set to direct.
This is not the first project Driver has worked on for the network, as she starred last year in the pilot "Lady Friends" which was ultimately not picked up. Her last regular series role was opposite Eddie Izzard on FX's "The Riches." What do you think about the potential for this new series?