“Are you hiring actors to play wrestlers, or are we the wrestlers?” a confused Alison Brie asks in the first (slightly NSFW) trailer for Netflix’s upcoming GLOW.
The answer? “Yes.”
The series, a fictionalized behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the kitschy television series called GLOW (aka Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling), follows Brie’s Ruth, a struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles whose last-ditch attempt to land a role — any role — brings her to a casting call for “unconventional” women. She soon realizes she’s auditioning for a female version of the highly popular World Wrestling Federation, led by a shady B-movie director named Sam (played by Maron‘s Marc Maron).
Betty Gilpin (Nurse Jackie) and Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars) co-star in the series from Liz Flahive (Homeland) and Carly Mensch (Orange Is the New Black). OITNB‘s Jenji Kohan is among the executive producers.
In the preview, the ragtag group of women go from hesitantly bouncing off the ropes to clotheslining each other in the ring, all while developing their (admittedly stereotypical alter egos).
The series premieres June 23 on the streaming video service. Press PLAY to get your first long look at the trailer above (which has a bit of salty language, so maybe wear headphones if you’re at work), then hit the comments with your thoughts!