ABC’s upcoming Astronaut Wives Club is staging a Chuck reunion.
Chuck alum Yvonne Strahovski has booked a series regular role on the drama from Fake Empire’s Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The 1960s-set drama tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history during the height of the space race. The drama marks the first pilot Savage has written since she co-created The CW’s long-running Gossip Girl with Schwartz. The project is based on Lily Koppel’s best-selling novel published last summer. Janice Williams brought the project to Groundswell. Odette Annable, JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Dominique McElligott, Desmond Harrington and Bret Harrison star.
Strahovski, who is awaiting word on whether the 24 franchise will continue on, will play Rene Carpenter, who is married to Mercury astronaut Scott Carpenter. A mother of four, she’s strong and upfront and enjoys the limelight but is and ready to use it for personal gain. She enjoys being center of attention and is the only one of the wives singled out for her own magazine cover.
Astronaut Wives, which was picked up straight to series with a 10-episode commitment, was originally intended to air in the summer. The drama was pushed back to midseason. Lone Scherfig will direct.
For Strahovski, the role marks her latest return to the small screen following NBC’s Chuck, which was created by Schwartz. Her credits include 24: Live Another Day and Showtime’s Dexter. She’s repped by Paradigm and McKeon-Myones.