Hulu's 'Shrill': Release date, cast, plot and everything else you need to know about Aidy Bryant's new show
Playing the role of Annie, SNL alum Aidy Bryant will be the lead in the six-episode series based on Lindy West's book of the same name
For almost a month now, a big buzz around Hulu has been the arrival of another spectacular comedy, titled 'Shrill,' starring Saturday Night Live's finest, Aidy Bryant. In an almost decade-long appearance on the sketch comedy show, Bryant has been an excellent source of comic brilliance, much like her counterparts Elle Mckinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones.
The trailer of her upcoming show only proves that further as we get to see a brilliant glimpse of why this show could potentially be the next big things since 'The Mindy Show', or 'New Girl', or even 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.'
Playing the role of Annie, the SNL alum will be the lead in the six-episode series based on Lindy West's book of the same name. The story speaks of a quintessential woman, struggling with her profession as a journalist, as we see Annie on the brink of her career about to soar, while she is also faced with several different inconveniences.
There is, of course, the haughty boss who makes people's lives hell, there's that commitment-phobic boyfriend who makes her personal life a mess, and added are the classic body image issues, portrayed through the perspective that all the world sees is a big girl - and voila!
In a classic tale of a woman setting out to changing the world around her and then coming to terms with it, without changing herself, the show is expected to draw most of the main themes depicted in West's memoir. Discussions on vehement discrimination related to people's body weight are aplenty throughout the book, and we are also introduced to how that prejudice is articulately brought out through West's writing as well.
But while West's past experiences with trolls and alike are featured at length in the upcoming show, Bryant's expertise as a comedian also blossoms in abundance - a clear indication casting her in the role was an impeccable decision.
Back when the show was announced, Bryant shared on Instagram: "We are working hard to make the show I dreamed of seeing when I was fourteen. A fat woman with a full dynamic life on TV!!! I can’t wait for you to see our talented cast @lollyadefope , @lukayovetich, @_dang_yall and the incredible @johncameronmitchell. More to come but this is a dream come true and I love you!"
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BIG NEWS! We are turning SHRILL by @thelindywest into a TV show for @hulu !! We are working hard to make the show I dreamed of seeing when I was fourteen. A fat woman with a full dynamic life on TV!!! I can’t wait for you to see our talented cast @lollyadefope , @lukayovetich , @_dang_yall and the incredible @johncameronmitchell . More to come but this is a dream come true and I love you! Ps don’t worry! I’m still returning to my beloved @nbcsnl 💕
Joining Bryant on this adventure will be stars Lolly Adefope Fran, as Annie's best friend and roommate, Luka Jones as Ryan, Annie’s boyfriend, Ian Owens as Amadi, Annie’s co-worker and friend, John Cameron Mitchell as Gabe, Annie’s boss, Julia Sweeney as Annie's mother, Pati Harrison, and Daniel Stern. Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks are onboard as executive producers, while the script is being taken care of by (showrunner) Ali Rushfield, West, and Bryant.
'Shrill' is set to premiere March 15, on Hulu.