An upcoming eight-episode family comedy series from Netflix has added Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, and Michael Rapaport to its cast. ATYPICAL from The Goldbergs and How I Met Your Mother producer Robia Rashid follows a family with an autistic son.
The series is staged as a coming-of-age story about Sam (Gilchrist), an autistic 18 year-old who’s going through life looking for love, independence, and everything in between. Leigh is set to play Sam’s mother Elsa, while Rapaport will co-star as Doug, Sam’s father. Brigette Lundy-Paine and Amy Okuda will also appear in the series as Sam’s sister and therapist, respectively.
Along with creating the show, Rashid will also write, with Seth Gordon set to executive produce and direct. Mary Rohlich is also attached to executive produce and Leigh will act as producer as well as star.
Production is set to begin later this year on the latest of many Netflix original series. Also on the upcoming docket are Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, a television adaptation of his 1986 film; Friends From College; Disjointed with Kathy Bates; Maniac with Emma Stone and Jonah Hill; Santa Clarita Diet; Easy; and more.
Leigh recently gained critical acclaim for her roles in the Oscar-nominated films The Hateful Eight and Anomalisa. She’s also set to appear in Showtime’s Twin Peaks and the movies Amityville: The Awakening; LBJ as Lady Bird Johnson; and 21 Years: Quentin Tarantino, a documentary on the filmmaker. She’s repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.
Gilchrist is best known for his role on United States of Tara and films like It Follows and The Stanford Prison Experiment. He’s repped by Amanda Rosenthal Talent Agency in Canada, ICM, and Thruline Entertainment.
Rapaport had recurring roles on both Justified and My Name Is Earl. He’s also appeared in several films, the most recent being Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life and Clint Eastwood’s Sully. He’s repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor