Uma Thurman to Guest Star on Smash

Smash Cast Photo
Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Raza Jaffrey, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Anjelica Huston, Brian d'Arcy James, and Jaime Cepero - Photo by: Mark Seliger/NBC
NBC’s musical drama, Smash, is set to have an Oscar nominated guest star. Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction) has a five-episode arc on the new show which debuts on February 6, 2011. According to NBC, Thurman will play a “famous and somewhat difficult movie star who flirts with the idea of starring in Marilyn, the musical within the musical.”

Thurman’s other film credits include Kill Bill Volume I and 2, Dangerous Liaisons, Henry & June, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, Mad Dog and Glory, Beautiful Girls, The Truth About Cats & Dogs, Gattaca, Batman & Robin, Paycheck, and Be Cool.

Smash – The Plot:

Smash is a musical drama that celebrates the beauty and heartbreak of the Broadway theater as it follows a cross-section of dreamers and schemers who all have one common desire – to be a “smash.” The series centers on the process of creating a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe – written by the successful songwriting duo of Tom (Tony Award nominee Christian Borle, Legally Blonde: The Musical) and Julia (Emmy Award winner Debra Messing, Will & Grace). Julia recently began the process of adopting a child with her husband Frank (Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James, Shrek The Musical).

A rivalry soon forms for the lead role between a youthful, inexperienced Midwestern beauty Karen (Katharine McPhee, American Idol) – who is trying to find fame in the big city against all odds – and stage veteran Ivy Bell (Megan Hilty, 9 to 5: The Musical), who’s determined to leave the chorus line and finally get her big break. A tenacious producer Eileen (Oscar winner, Anjelica Huston, Prizzi’s Honor) discovers the “Marilyn” project and jumps on board with a brilliant director, Derek (Jack Davenport, Pirates of the Caribbean films) – whose talent is matched by his cunning and egocentric amorality. Jaime Cepero (Porgy and Bess) stars as Ellis, and Raza Jaffrey (Sex and the City 2) stars as Dev.

Watch the preview video clip:

Source: NBC – December 9, 2011