Emmy Rossum will play L.A.'s mysterious billboard diva in "Angelyne" limited series
It’s been a big year for Emmy Rossum. The Shameless star got married back in May, her popular Showtime series recently returned with its eighth season and was just renewed for a ninth, and now we’re learning she’s signed on to executive produce and play the title role in a buzzy upcoming limited series. Angelyne tells the story of the glamorous woman known for gracing L.A. billboards and being famous for being famous.
Emmy Rossum will team with her husband, Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail, who will co-executive produce.
And they’ll work with The Hollywood Reporter to adapt an exposé by Gary Baum about the iconic figure. Baum, who spent months reporting the story that inspired the series, will act as a consultant. There’s no word yet on what network will air the show or when, but we’re still v. excited — just like Emmy.
Angelyne has long been a mystery in Los Angeles. With her platinum hair and signature pink Cadillac, the woman (real name Renee Goldberg) is a pop culture legend. As Baum uncovered in his exposé, that legend also had a complicated and fascinating backstory nobody knew about — she was the Polish-born daughter of Holocaust survivors and reinvented herself into a figure of Hollywood folklore.
Like many, Emmy Rossum has long been fascinated by Angelyne.
The series will mark the first time a Hollywood Reporter article will be adapted into a TV show since the outlet’s makeover, but it’s hardly the only recent example of strong journalism inspiring on-screen art. Between Spotlight‘s 2016 Best Picture win and Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks’ upcoming drama The Post, we’ve had plenty of proof lately that a compelling story about a compelling story is entertaining (not to mention important).
And with Emmy Rossum in the lead role? Yes, please.