Lily Collins, daughter of English musician Phil Collins, has won the title role in Emily in Paris, the half-hour dramedy from Sex and the City creator Darren Star. Collins will also serve as a producer on the series, which is set to begin shooting in Paris.
Created and written by Star, Emily In Paris centres on Emily (Collins), a driven twenty-something American woman from the Midwest, who moves to Paris for an unexpected job opportunity, tasked with bringing an American point of view to a venerable French marketing firm. Cultures clash as she adjusts to the challenges of life in a foreign city, while juggling her career, new friendships and love life.
"I've always been fascinated by the expat experience," said Star. "I can't think of anyone better to bring this beautiful world to life than Lily Collins."
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 26: (L-R) Zac Efron, Lily Collins, and Haley Joel Osment of 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile' attend The IMDb Studio at Acura Festival Village on location at The 2019 Sundance Film Festival - Day 2 on January 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)
Lily Collins in a Hellessy top and trousers at the Winter Television Critics Association press tour.
PASADENA, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Lily Collins attends the Masterpiece Photo Call on February 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 01: Lily Collins of the television show 'Les Miserables' speaks during the PBS segment of the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on February 01, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 26: Lily Collins at the “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile” party at DIRECTV Lodge presented by AT&T at Sundance Film Festival 2019 on January 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for AT&T and DIRECTV)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 26: Lily Collins onstage at the 'Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile' Premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Lily Collins is seen on January 25, 2019 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Lily Collins attends The Art of Elysium's 12th Annual Celebration - Heaven, on January 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05: Lily Collins arrives at the The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 5, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Lily Collins attends The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Daniele Venturelli/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Lily Collins and Ellie Bamber attend a photocall for BBC One's 'Les Miserables' at BAFTA on December 05, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 27: Lily Collins is seen on November 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Lily Collins arrives at the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences' 10th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 18, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Lily Collins is seen on November 13, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by SMXRF/Star Max/GC Images)
Actress Lily Collins attends the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards & Live Read, in Beverly Hills, California on November 8, 2018. (Photo by VALERIE MACON / AFP) (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
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Collins called the opportunity to star in a TV series created by Star and produce it with him and the Paramount Network "a real 'pinch me' moment." "All of Darren's shows have deeply defined, greatly impacted, and undeniably helped me navigate my journey into womanhood," she said. "I couldn't imagine a more inspiring city to be our Emily in Paris home than Paris. What an absolute dream project!"
Collins is currently shooting Inheritance, a thriller feature starring Simon Pegg and directed by Vaughn Stein. She also can be seen in BBC's Les Misérables, the upcoming Ted Bundy thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile, and Tolkien, set for release in May.