Pilot Scoop: Rumer Willis Joins E! Musical Drama Songbyrd as Sis to Bethany Joy Lenz

Rumer Willis Songbyrd PilotByrds of a feather flock together: Just days after Bethany Joy Lenz landed the starring role in the new E! pilot SongbyrdRumer Willis has been cast as her onscreen sister.

Willis will play Mickey Byrd, the smart, introverted younger sibling of Lenz’s Lauren, sources confirm to TVLine.

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The potential series is an hour-long scripted E! drama written by ex-Grey’s Anatomy scribe Krista Vernoff and executive-produced by Smash duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. It centers on Lauren, a genius songwriter who employs a small staff — including Mickey — to manage her strange-yet-successful process.

Willis’ character, who began working for Lauren after an “episode” forced her to drop out of law school , is secretly pursuing her own singing and songwriting ambitions.

The actress recurred on 90210 as Gia, Adrianna’s ex-ladylove; her other recent TV credits include Pretty Little Liars, Hawaii Five-0 and Workaholics.

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  1. I did not expect that, but I have not seen her acting, I will look for performances on youtube of her haha…it’s great that the series is already grabbing shape, will be interesting to see the chemistry of Joy with Rumer like sisters, and now I’m dying to know who will be selected for the role of ex-fiance

  2. A says:

    Are they adopted sisters…?

  3. K. says:


  4. K. says:

    I think would be funny if Chad Michael Murray was her ex or love interest on the show!

  5. Mark says:

    She’s kinda scary looking.

  6. Pete says:

    Really? Not a fan of her as an actress or singer. And they didn’t even try to find someone who looks like Lenz, did they?

  7. Robin says:

    I don’t really care about Rumor Willis (just indifferent…not yay or nay…)…but I do care about Bethany Joy Lenz! That is what makes me intrigued and excited about this show!