Scoop: Keri Russell to Headline FX's Circa '80s Spy Drama Pilot The Americans

Keri Russell The AmericansOne of pilot season’s hottest properties is officially off the market.

Keri Russell has landed the female lead in FX’s The Americans, an hour-long drama pilot from Joe Weisberg (Falling Skies) and Graham Yost (Justified).

The ambitious project is set in the early ’80s and centers on two KGB spies, Phillip and Elizabeth (Russell), posing as married Americans in suburban Washington, DC. Despite their arranged union, the couple’s bond grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but is constantly tested by the escalation of the Cold War. Complicating their relationship further is Phillip’s growing sense of affinity for America’s values and way of life and the couple’s two children, who know nothing about their parents’ true identity.

Casting continues for Russell’s onscreen hubby. Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) is directing the pilot.

The Felicity grad’s last small screen venture was the ill-fated Fox comedy Running Wilde.


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22 Comments
  1. ck says:

    Love the Keri

  2. Ryan says:

    Perfect! you know when NBC was casting Undercovers, I was convinced that she should of been the lead. Show might have made it

  3. KD says:

    Best news ever! I so miss Keri Russell on the small screen.

  4. Chatty says:

    This is wonderful. I love Keri and hopefully, the show will be interesting and the producers will cast someone who has great chemistry with her, like she had with Scott Speedman and Scott Foley on Felicity. Yeah, Keri!

  5. Josh says:

    Sounds like a great and original show! Add in Keri Russell and I’m there!

  6. Sarah says:

    Love her, I’m excited. And the fact it’s on FX by some great creative people means it stands more of a chance.

  7. Soarin829 says:

    I am SO in! I’ll watch Keri in ANYTHING.

  8. Amy says:

    Me, too!! I love Keri!

  9. fra says:

    Wow! In 1 minute i read one of the best news EVER!!!!!
    A spy show (Alias/Nikita Awesomeness) about KGB and the ’80s and KERI RUSSEL like a Lead and like a SPY. I love it. I can’t wait to see Felicity using guns ;) :)
    I really HOPE fx will pick up it

  10. John says:

    Sounds very good. Looking forward to Keri’s return to TV.

  11. That’s it, Michael? A straightforward news report? Where’s the insanely loud girly screaming?

  12. matthew c says:

    I would watch Kerri in ANYTHING! and I do mean ANYTHING.

  13. Phil says:

    Don’t cut her hair!

  14. Matt says:

    Love to see that she was cast in this show. Sounds like a good premise for a show and of course love seeing Keri on tv.

  15. rebecca says:

    love Keri. Actually watched an episode of Felicity the other day!

  16. Paris says:

    Keri had GREAT chemistry with Skeet Ulrich in “Magic of Ordinary Days”…cast him and the show will be a ratings winner!

  17. sally says:

    what about Noel….WHAT ABOUT NOEL

  18. heather says:

    sounds good but, i think it is weird two kgb spies who dont love each other had two kids together

  19. Stephanie says:

    Matthew Rhys (NBC’s Brothers & Sisters) has been casted as her husband. So excited, I LOVE him. Wonder if he’ll speak with his accent or not. :P

  20. CT says:

    Great!!!!! and there are new cast members listed on imdb.

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