CBS has found its foul-mouthed teacher for their upcoming Bad Teacher comedy pilot. Ari Graynor has signed on to star in the role originated by Cameron Diaz in the hit 2011 movie Bad Teacher. We first reported on the project back in October when CBS ordered the single-camera pilot.
Ari Graynor will play Meredith Davis, a crass and sexy divorcee who takes a job as a teacher to make ends meet. The plot will divert slightly from the movie, where Cameron Diaz's Elizabeth Halsey was already a teacher who was ready to leave her job and marry a rich man, before she is dumped and forced to go back to work. David Alan Grier also stars in the pilot as Meredith's boss, Principal Carl Gaines.
Community and Happy Endings writer Hilary Winston wrote the pilot script and will executive produce, alongside Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, the writing team behind the comedy feature.
Ari Graynor previously portrayed the sister of Anna Torv's Olivia Dunham on the Fox series Fringe. She has also starred in films such as What's Your Number?, The Sitter, Celeste and Jesse Forever, and For a Good Time, Call....