Julia Louis-Dreyfus - The former 'Seinfeld' star Julia Louis-Dreyfus has been cast as the Vice President of the United States in the new HBO comedy series 'Veep', reports the New York Times. Julia Louis-Dreyfus will play 'Selina Meyer', a U.S. senator who is elected to the country's second-highest office.
The new show, created by 'In The Loop' writer Armando Iannucci, is set to premiere next year. The 50-year-old said Julia's character was not based on anyone in particular, despite the obvious parallels with Hillary Clinton, saying, "I wanted to precisely say that this person isn't an existing person in high office. It's not a satire on Biden. It's not a satire on Cheney. When people talk about who are the presidential contenders for two years' time, there are so many female politicians there, that actually nobody bats an eyelid about it now". Joining Dreyfus in the cast of 'Veep' is Sufe Bradshaw, Anna Chlumsky and 'Arrested Development' star Tony Hale. Iannucci, who also created the British political comedy 'The Thick Of It', says he felt there was a distinct lack of television that portrayed Washington in an honest and unglamorous way, noting, "You have a dramatized, maybe glorified version of it, all sleek and handsome and elegant, where everyone's good at their job. I'm interested in the real personalities you get, but also the absurdity of the situations they find themselves in".
Julia Louis-dreyfus will also act as a producer on'Veep', alongside Christopher Godsick, Simon Blackwell and Iannuci himself.