Genius casting move, or what?
We’re talking about Jane Lynch as Janet Reno.
The Emmy winning “Glee” actress is starring in the upcoming Discovery Channel miniseries “Manhunt: Unabomber,” as Attorney General Reno, who served in President Clinton’s cabinet from 1993 until 2001 and the first female to assume this position.
The scripted series — a special two-hour episode airs Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. — follows Reno’s historic time working with the FBI trying to track down domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski, played by “A Beautiful Mind” star Paul Bettany.
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Lynch told Today on Tuesday that she had been a fan of Reno’s and knew the infamous 1990s case well. “I was alive and thinking as an adult in the ’90s,” she said.
“She was a really independent force out there,” added the “Hollywood Game Night” host, who dons pearls, a brown wig and oversized signature glasses to play the Miami-born politician who died in November 2016. The Kendall resident had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1995. “She made a lot of mistakes and owned up to all of them.”
But Lynch, who is known for more comic roles, said it was “a huge gamble” playing a real person and a risk you “could fall on your face.”
We have faith the actress will do the part, um, justice.
“Manhunt” was shot in Atlanta, reports Deadline.