Marcia Cross to Star in “Jane The Virgin” Spinoff Pilot

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The Desperate Housewives alum has been tapped to co-star in Jane the Novela. 

Deadline reports that Marcia Cross landed a lead role in the highly anticipated spin-off pilot to The CW’s Jane the Virgin titled Jane the Novela. 

According to the outlet, Cross, who best known for playing Bree on Desperate Housewives, will play Renata, Felix’s manipulative and glamorous mother, who will stop at nothing to secure her son’s legacy, even if it means standing in the way of his happiness.

The spin-off hails from Jane creator and executive producer Jennie Snyder Urman, original seres star Gina Rodriguez,and exec producers Ben Silverman and director Brad Silberling. Silberling will direct from a script penned by Jane writer, Valentina Garza. 

The series is described as a telenovela anthology series in which each season is based on a different fictional novel “written by” Jane Villanueva (Gina Rodriguez) and narrated by the author herself. The first installment takes place at a Napa Valley Vineyard, where family secrets (and family members) don’t stay buried for long. 

The fifth and final season of Jane the Virgin debuts March 27.