Nathan Lane is the latest actor to join Steve Martin’s Hulu comedy series Only Murders in the Building. He’s also been cast in Julian Fellowes’ HBO period drama The Gilded Age.
Only Murders in the Building also stars Martin Short, Selena Gomez, and Amy Ryan. The story follows three strangers who share an obsession with true crime and suddenly find themselves wrapped up in one. Lane will play a “building resident and owner of a popular New York City grocery chain.”
The Gilded Age comes from the team who brought us Downton Abbey and it’s an epic drama that follows the millionaire titans of New York City in the 1880s.
Lane will take on the role of Ward McAllister, “a famous historical figure of the Gilded Age chiefly remembered as the inventor of the phrase, ‘the four hundred.’ This was the number of people who were worth bothering with in New York society. He was also one of the earlier arrivals in a little fishing village called Newport, Rhode Island, where many fashionable New Yorkers, including Mrs Astor (Donna Murphy), would follow him. He came from a respectable family in Savannah, Georgia, and trained as a lawyer, but he had the good sense to marry an heiress, which allowed him to indulge in his great passion, High Society, launching the fashion for imitating the English, in tailoring, in etiquette, and in everything else. Naturally, he has a great deal to offer Bertha Russell (Carrie Coon) in the way of opening doors, even if George (Morgan Spector) is less enamored.”
These are both great projects for Lane to be a part of. They are very different from each other, but Lane always manages to be extremely entertaining in the projects that he’s a part of.