Believe it or not, it’s been nearly eight years since Kim Matula departed The Bold and the Beautiful and left Brooke’s daughter, Hope, behind. In that time, she’s landed TV roles, movie roles and even headlined her own brilliant, but far too short sitcom, LA to Vegas, where she tickled our funny bones opposite Dylan McDermott!
In other words, she’s had plenty to keep her busy! But now we’ve learned, according to our sister site Deadline, that Matula’s going to be returning to the big screen, having been cast in Sony Pictures’ SNL 1975, which is taking us behind the scenes of the first season of Saturday Night Live!
The Emmy nominated Matula has been cast as Jane Curtain, who was not just one of the original Not Ready For Primetime Players, she was also the second host of SNL’s Weekend Update news segment, taking over for Chevy Chase before being paired up with Dan Aykroyd. But while we know Matula has some impressive comedic chops, Curtain would often play the “straight” woman in the face of her SNL castmates antics — though she did know how to cut loose, too, as you can see below!
So far there isn’t a whole lot of information about the movie that promises to give us a look at the groundbreaking sketch show’s beginnings, but we do know that SNL 1975 is written by Gil Keinan and Jason Reitman, the latter of whom is also directing. Reitman’s the son of the late Ivan Reitman, who was good friends and collaborated with Aykroyd — another of the original Not Ready For Primetime Players! So clearly, the movie’s got the right connections.
Besides that, Deadline reported that Emily Fairn will be joining Matula as Laraine Newman and Ella Hunt as Gilda Radner, rounding out the unbelievably talented original women who were in the original Saturday Night Live cast. And, according to IMDB, Gabriel LaBelle is taking on the role of Lorne Michaels who created the show and still runs it to this day!
Credit: David Scott Holloway for Hallmark
Matula’s last big screen film, Fighting With My Family was a critical hit, and we can’t wait to see her in action as the legendary Jane Curtain! Though suddenly we’ve got an idea in our heads for a continuation of 3rd Rock From the Sun, with Curtain reprising her role as Mary and Matula joining as her long lost daughter!
No matter what, though, we’re suddenly a whole lot more excited to see SNL 1975 and catch Matula playing one Saturday Night Live‘s greatest alums!
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