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Political Animals casts Oscar heavyweight

Meet Sigourney Weaver’s TV mom. Legendary actress Ellen Burstyn has signed on to play the maternal figure in the new series, Political Animals. Her character is a tough cookie with a colorful Las Vegas past.

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The USA drama, which is headlined by veteran actress Sigourney Weaver, has just snagged Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Burstyn has joined the cast as Margaret Barrish, the mother of Weaver’s character Elaine Barrish.

The series centers on “a divorced former first lady and current secretary of state (Weaver), who is struggling to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with the crises of the State Department.”

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Like all good dramas, Political Animals has a serious twist. The secretary “finds an unlikely ally in a famous D.C. journalist, played by Carla Gugino, who has spent her career tearing Elaine down.”

Political Animals is one hot ticket and Burstyn is in great company. The iconic actress will have her hands full playing Margaret, who’s described as “a tough Chicago broad and one-time Vegas showgirl with a biting tongue and sharp wit.”

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Burstyn has an acting resume filled with impressive credits from film, television and stage. Not only has she won an Oscar (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore), but she’s nabbed a Tony Award for the play Same Time, Next Year and a Primetime Emmy for her guest spot on Law and Order: SVU.

The rest of the Political Animals cast includes Ciaran Hinds (John Carter), Brittany Ishibashi (Fairly Legal), James Wolk (Lone Star) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The First Avenger).

What do you think of Political Animals‘ growing cast?

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