Maya Erskine has been cast opposite Donald Glover in the Mr. and Mrs. Smith series produced by Amazon. The actress takes over the co-starring role from Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who was set to star in the project up until last year.

The news was revealed by Glover in a recent chat with Interview Magazine. Said Glover about Erskine’s casting: “She’s dope. It’s exciting. I really love the show. I’m writing the finale now.” Based on Doug Liman’s feature starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the series will follow a pair of rival spies who discover they have been contracted to assassinate one another.

When asked why Waller-Bridge departed the project, Glover responded with the reasoning of “classic creative differences.” However, the two entertainers appear to be on good terms. “I still like her. I assume she still likes me,” said Glover. Waller-Bridge and Glover previously worked together on Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Erskine is best known for her work co-creating, co-showrunning, executive producing, and starring in the Hulu comedy series Pen15 alongside Anna Konkle. Over its two-season run, the show was nominated for multiple Emmys. Both Erskine and Konkle appear as themselves in middle school, surrounded by actors who are actually middle school-age. Pen15 received rave reviews from critics, who praised the show's handling of messy subjects such as puberty and divorce. Erskine will next be seen in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith is co-created and executive produced by Glover, alongside Francesca Sloane (Fargo, Atlanta). In addition, Sloane serves as showrunner.

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