Kate Hudson Eyes Lead Role in Mindy Kaling’s Netflix Comedy Series

Kate Hudson at the 2nd Annual Girl Up GirlHero Awards in October 2019
Kate Hudson at the 2nd Annual Girl Up GirlHero Awards in October 2019. Photo by Chelsea Lauren/Shutterstock (10442144bu)

Following the success of Never Have I Ever, Mindy Kaling is gearing up for her next collaboration with Netflix, and she found a perfect partner in crime! Kate Hudson will play the lead role in her untitled comedy series, set in the competitive world of basketball.

Hudson will star as Isla Gordon, who has to take control of her family’s professional basketball franchise Los Angeles Waves after her brother is forced to step down as president after a scandal of epic proportions.

After being underappreciated her whole life, the ambitious and often overlooked Isla is finally ready to step up and prove her skeptical brothers, the board, and the sports community that she was the right choice for the job, especially in the unpredictable, male-dominated world of sports.

This workplace comedy is inspired by the front office of the Los Angeles Lakers, and it was initially announced with Elaine Ko (Modern Family) as writer/showrunner. Netflix later decided to go in a different direction and brought Kaling on board. She’s writing the series alongside Ike Barinholtz and David Stassen, who also serves as its showrunner.

Hudson’s most recent credits include movies A Little White Lie and Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and the Apple TV+ show Truth Be Told. She’ll next appear in Max Minghella’s film Shell alongside Elizabeth Moss and Kaia Gerber.