An upcoming feature film about the early days of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE will have a very soapy connection: According to Deadline, THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL alum Kim Matula (ex-Hope) has been cast as comedian Jane Curtin in the movie SNL 1975.
The origin film, to be directed by Jason Reitman, is based on real-life behind-the-scenes accounts of the NBC sketch comedy’s inaugural broadcast. According to the synopsis, the movie takes place on October 11, 1975, when a ferocious troupe of young comedians and writers changed television forever. SNL 1975 is the true story of what happened that night in the moments leading up to the first live broadcast, retelling the chaos and magic of a revolution that almost wasn’t, counting down the minutes in real-time to the infamous words, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!”
“It is with an abundance of elation and gratitude that I share this,” Matula wrote on Instagram, announcing her casting in the highly anticipated film alongside Ella Hunt and Emily Fairn as fellow original cast members Gilda Radner and Laraine Newman, respectively.
Reitman and Gil Kenan wrote the original screenplay after extensively interviewing all the living SNL cast members, writers, and crew. The ensemble cast for SNL 1975 also includes Gabriel LaBelle as showrunner Lorne Michaels, Cooper Hoffman as NBC exec Dick Ebersol, and Rachel Sennot as Michaels’ then-wife, SNL writer Rosie Shuster.
After being introduced as Brooke and Deacon’s daughter on B&B in 2010, Matula played the role of Hope Logan until 2014. She made brief guest appearances in 2015 and 2016 before the role was recast with current portrayer Annika Noelle in 2018. Since exiting the soap, Matula has starred in the FOX comedy LA TO VEGAS, had a story arc on Lifetime’s UnREAL, and appeared in the films Fighting With My Family and Tappawingo.