After House of Cards, Netflix is getting political again.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has given a two-season, straight-to-series order for The Politican, a new hourlong musical-comedy from Ryan Murphy, starring Tony winner Ben Platt. Barbra Streisand and Gwyneth Paltrow are also in talks to co-star in the series from Glee co-creators Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.
The Politician revolves around Platt’s Payton, a wealthy Santa Barbara resident who has decided to enter the world of politics. Each season of the series will follow a different political race Payton is involved in (Senator, Governor, President?)—and yes, there will be musical numbers.
A late summer production is currently being eyed for the project. Murphy will direct the pilot episode and if Streisand’s deal closes she will most likely direct some of the future episodes, reports Deadline.
This is just the latest project for the busy Murphy. His emergency procedural, 911, was just renewed for a second season on Fox, The Assassination of Gianni Versace is currently airing on FX and his revival of The Boys in the Band is scheduled to open this spring on Broadway.
The Politician will be Murphy’s second Netflix series, after the previously announced One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest prequel Ratched, starring Sarah Paulson.