It looks like Transparent fans will have yet another reason to tune into the award-winning dramedy: Caitlyn Jenner! The former Olympian has been pegged to star in the series' third season, an announcement that came to light during the 2016 GLAAD Media Awards, during which both Caitlyn's I Am Cait and Transparent were big winners.
The critically acclaimed show features Arrested Development's Jeffrey Tambor as recently transitioned transgender woman Maura Pfefferman, a heartfelt portrayal for which he's already nabbed an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
Caitlyn's participation in the Amazon series seems a no-brainer. Not only is she comfortable in front of the camera, having appeared on many episodes of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and her own biographical series, but the show's creator Jill Soloway has also said it would be a dream come true to work with the 66-year-old star.
At the Apr. 2 awards show helmed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, where Transparent scooped up the award for Outstanding Comedy Series, Jill discussed the casting news. "We are all part of the same community. A lot of the trans women who work on our show are also in her show, I Am Cait... Lots of crossover. Lots of friends."
There's no word on who the former Olympian will play, though Soloway said that filming for the upcoming season begins in mid-April.
Caitlyn has opened up about her struggles with the transition process, and many of her thoughts echo those of Jeffrey's character. Of her life as a man she told the Sydney Morning Herald, "Bruce was a good person who did a lot of good in his life, who had an absolutely amazing life, with wonderful children... When you get name changed, gender marker changed, all that kind of stuff, you know it’s the right thing to do in your heart but sometimes I did feel like I was throwing him out. And that was tough."
She added: "It was time for this woman that’s lived inside me; it's a chance for her to live. Let's see what she can do with her life."