Fox’s Urban Cowboy has found his leading lady, and she’s UnREAL.
Nathalie Kelley — best known for playing Everlasting hopeful Grace on Lifetime’s summer drama — has nabbed the female lead role in Fox’s adaptation of the 1980 John Travolta film.
Written and exec-produced by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow), Fox’s “modern reimagining” of the original film will, per the official logline, follow on-the-run rodeo-circuit rider Kyle (played by Sense8‘s Alfonso Herrera) and Gaby (Kelley), “two star-crossed young lovers, as they pursue their dreams and passions through the sweat of line-dancing in honky-tonks, the grime of the oil refineries and the glamour of modern Texas. It’s about family legacies, starting over, finding true love and the American dream.”
According to our sister site Deadline, Gaby is the feisty, resourceful daughter of Jim Belushi’s Marshall, who owns the local saloon Gilley’s. Currently studying immigration law and engaged to an attorney, Gaby returns home to Houston to care for her ailing father and his bar. There, she meets Kyle, who is on the run from the Mexican drug cartel after angering the wrong people.
Additionally, the pilot has cast Lindsey Gort (The Carrie Diaries) as Pam, the beautiful daughter of one of Houston’s most powerful families, who catches Kyle’s attention.
The actresses join a cast that also includes Voice alum Bryana Salaz as Kyle’s sister Anita, and Edward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica) as their uncle, Alfonso “Al” Robles.