Nicole Richie joins Fox comedy pilot ‘Richard Lovely’

Nicole Richie has been cast in a series regular role in the Fox single-cam comedy pilot “Richard Lovely.”

The project follows Richard Lovely (Thomas Lennon), the disgruntled author of the best-selling children’s book series, “Mr. Mouse.” He doesn’t hate children, but rather just everything about them. After a publicity fiasco involving an unexpectedly savvy 9-year-old kid, Mr. Mouse appears in Richard’s real life as he is forced into an unlikely father/son relationship that will change his life forever.

Richie will play Kelli, Richard’s publicist. She is described as a high-functioning millennial who is Richard’s polar opposite in every way except one: they both like to keep their eyes on number one – themselves. The role was originally intended to be a recurring character but after a table read, the producers decided to make Richie a regular.

In addition to Lennon, Richie joins previously announced cast members Wendie Malick, Nicole Sun, Mason Shneiderman, and Asif Ali.

The role marks a homecoming of sorts for Richie, whose breakout TV role came when she starred in the Fox unscripted series “The Simple Life” opposite Paris Hilton in 2003. Richie recently starred in the NBC comedy series “Great News” and has made appearances on HBO’s “Camping” and Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” Her other acting roles include “Empire,” “Barely Famous,” “Chuck,” and “8 Simple Rules.”

She is repped by WME, Impression Entertainment, and Morris Yorn.

Billy Finnegan will write and executive produce “Richard Lovely.” Alex Hardcastle will serve executive producer in addition to directing the pilot. 20th Century Fox Television will produce.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Katy Perry and Nicole Richie seen on January 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Nicole Richie is seen on January 15, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Nicole Richie attends the launch of NowWith, presented by Yahoo Lifestyle and Working Sundays celebrating the series launch of Nicole Richie's Honey Minx Collection at Spring Place in Los Angeles on November 15, 2018 (Photo by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for NowWith)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 15: Fashion designer Nicole Richie arrives at the NowWith Presented By Yahoo Lifestyle In Partnership With Working Sundays Series With Nicole Richie's Honey Minx Collection Reveal at Spring Place on November 15, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Nicole Richie arrives at Beverly Center's Grand Reveal Weekend: Everyone Welcome with Create & Cultivate at Beverly Center on November 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Beverly Center)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Nicole Richie speaks onstage at Beverly Center's Grand Reveal Weekend: Everyone Welcome with Create & Cultivate at Beverly Center on November 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Beverly Center)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: (L-R) Rashida Jones and Nicole Richie arrive at Beverly Center's Grand Reveal Weekend: Everyone Welcome with Create & Cultivate at Beverly Center on November 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Beverly Center)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: (L-R) Elaine Welteroth, CEO of Create & Cultivate, Jaclyn Johnson and Nicole Richie arrive at Beverly Center's Grand Reveal Weekend: Everyone Welcome with Create & Cultivate at Beverly Center on November 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Beverly Center)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Nicole Richie poses at the after party for the premiere of the HBO series 'Camping' at Paramount Studios on October 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 10: Nicole Richie attends the Los Angeles premiere of HBO series 'Camping' at Paramount Studios on October 10, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 01: Nicole Richie attends Baby2Baby & Huggies Playdate 2018 at Baby2Baby Headquarters on October 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 25: Nicole Richie attends the Saint Laurent show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019 on September 25, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julien Hekimian/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: Fashion designer Nicole Richie attends WE Day California at The Forum on April 19, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 25: Nicole Richie attends the Saint Laurent show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019 on September 25, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: (L-R) Kelly Sawyer, Nicole Richie and Norah Wenstein speak onstage at WE Day California at The Forum on April 19, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/FilmMagic)
BROOKLYN, NY - SEPTEMBER 05: Nicole Richie attends Refinery29's 29Rooms Opening Night on September 5, 2018 in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 08: Nicole Richie attends The Daily Front Row's 4th Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards - Arrivals at The Beverly Hills Hotel on April 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 08: Nicole Richie arrives at the The Daily Front Row's 4th Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on April 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 08: Nicole Richie (L) and Joel Madden attend The Daily Front Row's 4th Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on April 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for The Daily Front Row)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 08: Nicole Richie speaks onstage during The Daily Front Row's 4th Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on April 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for The Daily Front Row)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 20: Actor Nicole Richie speaks onstage at 2018 Women's March Los Angeles at Pershing Square on January 20, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for The Women's March Los Angeles)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 09: NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Portrait Studio, January 2018 -- Pictured: Nicole Richie -- (Photo by Maarten de Boer/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Nicole Richie speaks onstage during The 2018 MAKERS Conference at NeueHouse Hollywood on February 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Nicole Richie attends The 2018 MAKERS Conference at NeueHouse Hollywood on February 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for MAKERS)
Nicole Ritchie and Miles, children of Lionel Ritchie at his Hand and Footprints ceremony at the TCL Theater on March 7,2018 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
Lionel Ritchie with his children Nicole (L), Sofia and Miles (R) pose at his Hand and Footprints ceremony at the TCL Theater on March 7,2018 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 14: Poet Cleo Wade (L) and fashion designer Nicole Richie pose for portraits before the signing and discussion of their new book 'Heart Talk' at Barnes & Noble at The Grove on March 14, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brandon Williams/Getty Images)
Fashion designer Nicole Richie (L) and actor John Michael Higgins attend the NBC Universal TCA Winter Press Tour on January 9, 2018, in Pasadena, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
BROADWAY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2017/12/07: Nicole Richie attends opening of Jacques Penne a JCPenney Holiday Boutique Pop-Up Shop on Broadway. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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