According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lea Michele will not return to ‘Scream Queens’ if there’s a third season. However, she already booked another project. She’s joining the cast of ABC’s upcoming untitled city mayor comedy pilot.
From ABC Studios and Hamilton‘s Daveed Diggs, the project explores what happens when an outspoken, idealistic rapper named Courtney (Search Party’s Brandon Micheal Hall) runs for office as a publicity stunt. When he actually gets elected, he surprises everyone (including himself) when he has a natural knack for the job and slowly transforms City Hall.
Details on the role Michele will play were not immediately available as the part is being adjusted to specifically accommodate the actress. The character originally was planned to be Courtney’s chief of staff. It’s unclear if that will remain as the part continues to shift with Michele’s commitment to the project. The ABC comedy marks her first pilot since Fox’s Glee and first series-regular role outside of the Ryan Murphy universe.