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Zeta-Jones to star in Facebook comedy 'Queen America'

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New York: British Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones will star in the dark comedy 'Queen America,' the first major series produced by Facebook, which is seeking a foothold in the uber-competitive market for original content.

The sultry 48-year-old actress, who took home an Oscar in 2003 for 'Chicago,' confirmed her jump to the small screen -- fittingly -- in a Facebook post. The news was first reported by Hollywood industry outlet Deadline.

"So excited about my next project!" wrote Zeta-Jones. "I think you're going to love it!"

'Queen America' takes a look at the cutthroat world of beauty pageants in America. Zeta-Jones stars as ruthless coach Vicki Ellis, who is in high demand from girls and women hoping to be the next Miss America.

The 10 half-hour episodes will debut on Facebook's relatively new video platform Watch, according to Deadline.

In September, Facebook debuted 'Strangers.' Then in late April, it launched 'Skam Austin,' an adaptation of a Norwegian program. It also has ordered a half-hour dramedy series starring US actress Elizabeth Olsen.

But snapping up Zeta-Jones -- who is also a Tony winner for 'A Little Night Music' -- indicates a turning point for the world's largest social network in its efforts to offer original content to its two billion users.

Last year, Zeta-Jones played Olivia de Havilland in the FX series 'Feud: Bette and Joan.'

Facebook did not respond to AFP requests for further comment on the project.

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