The 1996 comedy First Wives Club is getting a television update, as singer Jill Scott and comedian Michelle Buteau are set to star in the small screen remake of the cult classic.
Originally starring Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, First Wives Club will be adapted into 10 half-hour episodes for Paramount Television, the network confirmed to People. They are also looking forward to working with Scott and Buteau on the series, coming to the masses next year.
Girl’s Trip writer Tracy Oliver will be executive producing the diverse project, and shared her own excitement via Twitter.
“SO excited to welcome these two crazy talented ladies, @missjillscott and @MichelleButeau, to the #FirstWivesClub!!!” she wrote. “We bout to have @paramountnet LIT in 2019!!!”
“Thank you for believing,” Scott replied.
— Tracy Y. Oliver (@TracyYOliver) August 2, 2018
The Philly diva will play Hazel, a music superstar who has been silenced by her unfaithful husband and manager. Buteau, a stand-up best known for supporting roles on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele and Broad City, will play overworked doctor Bree, who discovers her husband is cheating.
The series will begin filming this fall in New York City.
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