For 12 seasons, Kaley Cuoco made us laugh as Penny on The Big Bang Theory, but she’s changing it up with her next project. The actress has signed an exclusive, multi-year deal with Warner Bros. Television Group, the studio that produced her former hit show, and the result will show us Cuoco like we’ve never seen her before.
First up for new production deal? The Flight Attendant, based on Chris Bohjalian’s best-selling novel of the same name. The plot of the drama-thriller centres on flight attendant Cassandra Bowden, who wakes up with a hangover in a Dubai hotel room with a dead body next to her. Unable to piece the night together, she soon finds herself caught in a murder mystery where she doesn’t know if she’s the killer. Filming is expected to begin later this year, with an early 2020 release on Warner Media’s upcoming streaming service. But Cuoco won’t just be appearing in front of the camera; she’s also set to executive-produce this labour of love along with Berlanti Productions’ Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. “I love that Warner Bros. is my home away from home, and I couldn’t be more excited to continue this incredibly collaborative and gratifying relationship,” Cuoco said in a statement to Deadline. “They’re stuck with me now!”
Under the deal, Cuoco and her production company, Yes, Norman Productions, will continue to develop ideas for original TV projects through various Warner TV group divisions. Deadline reports Yes, Norman has a number of projects in the works, including Sick Girl, a psychological thriller based on the debut novel from Rachel Hargrove. In addition to The Flight Attendant, Yes, Norman also produces the upcoming Warner Bros. Animation series Harley Quinn, in which Cuoco voices the title character and serves as an executive producer. The show is set to premier on DC’s upcoming streaming service.
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After optioning #theflightattendant over a year in a half ago , believing in my heart and soul it could be something , and now seeing it come to life is mind blowing! I have an amazing group of people behind me making this all possible , and my gratitude is ENDLESS! If I’ve learned anything in my 25+ years in this business is trust your gut, surround yourself with an incredible team & trust them, be authentic, and stay loyal always. 🙌🏽✈️ you never know what can happen #yesnormanproductions
The Flight Attendant is quite the departure from the Cuoco we’ve come to know over the years. Aside from Big Bang, she also co-starred on 8 Simple Rules, but she does have some dramatic experience from her stint on Charmed.
Following Big Bang‘s finale, Cuoco was asked about a possible Penny and Leonard spin-off, to which she told The Hollywood Reporter, “Uhhh, no!” But she made sure to not burn any bridges, adding, “But if [co-creator] Chuck [Lorre] asked me I would highly consider it because I don’t say no to Chuck!”
The Big Bang Theory finished its run in May, after a dozen seasons and 279 episodes.