Keri Russell Leads ‘The Americans’ At FX

The former 'Felicity' star will headline the '80s era Cold War drama.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

FX has made its choice to portray a seemingly All-American woman of the '80s by casting "the it girl" of the '90s.

TV Line is reporting that Keri Russell has signed on to "The Americans," one of the most intriguing drama pilots currently on the docket for FX. Created and executive produced by Joe Weisberg ("Falling Skies") and Graham Yost ("Justified"), "The Americans" follows Russell's character, Elizabeth and her husband, Phillip, whose suburban life in Washington D.C. is merely a cover for their work for the KGB during the heart of the Cold War.

While the couple is outwardly loyal to Russia, their fake marriage is becoming increasingly real and Phillip is becoming more enamored with America's way of life than perhaps he should be. To complicate things further, the couple's children have no idea that their parents are spies.

Russell is best known for her iconic role as the lead character on "Felicity" during the heyday of The WB. More recently, Russell co-starred in the Fox sitcom, "Running Wilde;" which ran for only one season.

Gavin O’Connor ("Warrior") is directing the pilot episode of "The Americans" and it is expected to go into production later this year.