Madonna Teams Up With 'Practice' Actress For TV Series

Marla Sokoloff will play teen-pop star fighting to leave her bubble-gum past behind.

The box-office washout of "Swept Away" isn't stopping Madonna from dipping her hands into dramatic entertainment, but this time she's letting Marla Sokoloff do the acting.

Madonna will serve as an executive producer on "Alyx," a new ABC series in which Sokoloff will star. Best known for her role on the network's "The Practice," the soon-to-be 22-year-old Sokoloff will play Alyx Mason, a teen-pop star fighting to leave her bubble-gum past behind in favor of a more credible and mature musician future.

Madonna's Maverick Films will produce the show in conjunction with Touchstone TV, with her Maverick Films partner Guy Oseary also serving as an executive producer.

The struggle to reinvent one's public persona, of course, is not unfamiliar territory for Madonna. And in addition to roles in feature films like "Sugar & Spice" and "Dude, Where's My Car?," Sokoloff has also had some experience in the music business. She fronted the pop-rock band Smittin until their recent breakup, and according to a spokesperson for the actress, she will contribute music to "Alyx" and possibly other projects through Maverick as well.

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