• Allison Janney has been tapped to star in “Mrs. American Pie”
  • She will join Kristen Wiig in the 10-episode series
  • The project is executive produced by Laura Dern

Allison Janney has officially joined Kristen Wiig for the upcoming Apple TV+ comedy series “Mrs. American Pie.”

The 62-year-old Oscar and Emmy winner was tapped to star alongside the “Saturday Night Live” alum in the series based on the novel by Juliet McDaniel and set in the early 1970s, as per The Hollywood Reporter.

“Mrs. American Pie” was ordered straight to series in February. The project will have ten episodes. It is executive produced by Laura Dern, who is also eyeing a “key role” in the series. Joining Dern is her producing partner Jayme Lemons via their Jaywalker Pictures banner.

The script will be written by “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” screenwriter Abe Sylvia. The show will be directed by Tate Taylor, known for “The Help,” “Ma” and “The Girl on the Train,” among others.

Aside from writing, Sylvia will also executive produce and showrun the comedy series. Taylor will also executive produce alongside his producing partner John Norris via their Wyolah Entertainment banner. Apple Studios is also producing.

The series will follow Wiig’s character, Maxine Simmons, as she tries to secure a spot in the Palm Beach high society. On the other hand, Janney will play Evelyn, a full-time Palm Beach resident and member of the influential group, Deadline reported.

“As Maxine attempts to cross that impermeable line between the haves and the have-nots, ‘Mrs. American Pie’ asks the same questions that still baffle us today: ‘Who gets a seat at the table?’ ‘How do you get a seat at the table?’ ‘What will you sacrifice to get there?’ Set during the powder keg era of the early 1970s, ‘Mrs. American Pie’ is a testament to every outsider fighting for their chance at superficial greatness,” the show’s official synopsis read.

The project marks Janney’s first live-action TV role since “Mom” wrapped up last year, according to TVLine. She earned six Emmy nominations and won two awards for the sitcom, which also starred Anna Faris.

Janney also recently wrapped production on the sci-fi epic “True Love,” which stars John David Washington and Gemma Chan. She will also be seen in the Anna Forester-directed thriller titled “Lou” and the upcoming comedy “The People We Hate at the Wedding.”

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Allison Janney is pictured attending the 90th Annual Academy Awards on March 4, 2018, in Hollywood, California. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images