Gina Rodriguez to Produce ‘Femme,’ Passing the Crown + More Industry News

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Gina Rodriguez is producing a new show that sounds amazing.
The “Jane the Virgin” star just signed on to produce “Femme,” a new series about a secret feminist social media group. (Variety)

Record number of trans actors cast in Ryan Murphy’s “Pose.”
The FX drama, a portrait of life in NYC in the '80s, cast five transgender actors after a six-month-long search. (Variety)

Claire Foy to pass the crown to Olivia Colman.
Foy, who portrayed Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s “The Crown,” will be replaced in season three by Colman as the story moves into the Queen’s middle years. (BBC)

Director James Toback accused of sexual harassment by 310 women.
Like the victims of Harvey Weinstein’s abuse, many of the women said Toback presented himself as a gatekeeper to success, and that they were afraid to report him for fear of hurting their careers. (L.A. Times, Vulture)

Amazon and Funny or Die partner up.
The e-commerce behemoth recently signed a deal to finance and distribute original short-form content from the digital comedy site. (Vulture)

New York lawmakers are working on legislation to protect models.
New York State Assemblywoman Nily Rozic has begun work to implement an amendment to the state’s anti-discrimination laws that would specifically protect models from sexual harassment and abuse. (New York Times)

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s next project is headed to Showtime.
After reports that the “Hamilton” creator would adapt Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles trilogy for the small screen, Showtime announced on Thursday that it would play home to the series. (Showtime)

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” will bow down under.
Following its jump across the pond to New York in 2018, the play will make its way to Australia at Melbourne’s Princess Theater in 2019. (New York Times)