That ’70s Show‘s Laura Prepon is going directly to jail as one of the stars of Orange is the New Black, Weeds creator Jenji Kohan’s upcoming 13-episode prison-set drama for Netflix, TVLine has learned exclusively.
Based on the book by Piper Kerman, the Lionsgate-produced series centers on Piper (Mercy‘s Taylor Schilling), a Brooklyn native whose decade-old relationship with a drug-runner in college results in her arrest and multi-year detention in a federal penitentiary. Prepon, who most recently starred in last season’s short-lived NBC comedy, Are You There, Chelsea?, will play her aforementioned ex, Alex.
Netflix is making a major push into the original series arena. In addition to Orange, the online streaming behemoth’s other upcoming projects include David Fincher’s House of Cards, mystery saga Hemlock Grove and the return of Arrested Development.Follow @MichaelAusiello