Judy Davis and Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls) have joined the cast of The Starter Wife, USA Network's six-hour adaptation of the bestselling novel by Gigi Levangie Grazer.

Peter Jacobson, Chris Diamantopoulos, Stephen Moyer and Bethany Whitmore also have joined the cast.

Debra Messing stars as a divorcee on a quest to redefine herself after years of marriage to a Hollywood studio head. Production is set to begin shortly in Australia, says Variety.

Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon are writing the project, to be directed by Jon Avnet.

Grazer will exec produce alongside Avnet, Parriott, McGibbon, Stephanie Davis and Howard Klein. NBC Universal TV Studio is producing.