Uma Thurman’s movies are anything but subdued. We’ve seen her vie against the stringent regulations of a genetically-altered dystopia. We’ve seen her undertake a massive killing spree to get revenge on the man who took her unborn child. We’ve seen her nearly die from a heroin overdose, and then spring back to life thanks to one of the most cringe-worthy injections in movie history. So it’s no surprise that her decision to try television on for size is manifesting in a show whose very name screams extravagance and stardom: Smash.
NBC’s new musical drama about the plight of Broadway performers and crewmembers will add Thurman in a major story arc over the course of its upcoming first season. Thurman will play an established movie star with an infamous disposition, who has her eye on the lead role in Smash‘s central in-series musical, Marilyn. Of course, this will dub Thurman’s character a rival—and possibly, an enemy—for the aspiring Broadway actress (Katharine McPhee).