PICNIC's Ellen Burstyn to Join Rita Moreno in NBC's OLD SOUL
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The project follows "a reformed wild child Nadia (Lyonne) who has a business caring for the elderly and feels she has more in common with her colorful old clients than she does with people her age. Willard will play one of the clients, the razza-mattazy Hector, a veteran Broadway songwriter who has been joyously married to Rita (Moreno), his writing partner, for over 50 years. One of Nadia's main jobs with Hector to help him sort through the massive amounts of stuff he has have kept over the years."
Burstyn will play aunt Nadia's aunt Eileen, "an earthy lesbian with a New Age bent who has recently survived cancer."
The Oscar-winner's upcoming projects include Draft Day, The Calling, Interstellar, Scout, Diamond in the Dust and Adaline. She has also recently appeared on the big screen in Two Men in Town, Wish You Well, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, Another Happy Day, Main Street and more. She won an Oscar for her performance in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. Burstyn has appeared on television in Flowers in the Attic, Coma, Political Animals, Big Love, The Book of Daniel, That's Life, and of course, The Ellen Burstyn Show.
The actress last appeared on Broadway in 2013's Picnic. Her past Broadway credits include Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, Sacrilege, Shimada, Shirley Valentine, 84 Charing Cross Road and Same Time, Next Year, for which she won the 1975 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.