Diane Keaton has signed on for the lead role of Tilda, HBO’s new half-hour comedy pilot, based on the life of gossip columnist Nikki Finke. Ellen Page has also joined the cast as Caroyln, a morally conflicted creative assistant caught between following the corporate culture of the studio she works for and following Tilda, who has taken a keen interest in her.
Keaton and Page have both been recently attached to other showtime series. Keaton, who has never starred on a TV series, was attached to another half-hour project about a feminist icon launching a sexually explicit magazine for women. While Page is also developing Stitch N’ Bitch, a single-camera comedy she is writing with two other young actors, Alia Shawkat and Sean Tillmann for the network.