Nicole Kidman Cast In Next Series From ‘Yellowstone’ Creator

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Nicole Kidman has been cast in “Yellowstone” creator Taylor Sheridan’s next major project, Variety announced Thursday.

The upcoming CIA-drama series is called “Lioness,” and is one of many shows in development by Sheridan and Paramount. Kidman was attached to the series as an executive producer from the start, but was only announced as a cast member on Thursday by Variety.

She’ll portray the role of Kaitlyn Meade, a senior supervisor at the CIA, Variety continued. The description suggests the role is fairly major, with hints at the plot including that “she must juggle the trappings of being a woman in the high-ranking intelligence community, a wife that longs for the attention she herself can’t even give and a mentor to someone veering suspiciously close to the same rocky road she’s found herself on.”

The story is based on a real CIA program, and follows the protagonist (Laysla De Oliveira) as she’s recruited to “join the CIA’s Lioness Engagement Team to help bring down a terrorist organization from within,” Variety noted, quoting an official show description.

“Lioness” does not have a release date at this time, but is said to premiere on Paramount+ at some point in 2023. (RELATED: ‘1923’ Star Brian Geraghty Says Taylor Sheridan ‘Tortured’ Cast During Training For Epic Show)

Cast members joining Kidman include Zoe Saldana, and some familiar faces from other popular Sheridan series. LaMonica Garrett from “1883” will be on the show, as well as “Yellowstone” favorites James Jordan and Dave Annable.