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Carla Gugino has been tapped to star opposite Sigourney Weaver in USA' Political Animals miniseries.

Slated to premiere in the summer, Political Animals will focus on Elaine Barrish (Weaver), a divorced former First Lady and current Secretary of State who struggles to keep her family together as she deals with the State Department's crises. She strikes an unlikely friendship with a journalist (Gugino) who has spent her career tearing Elaine down.

Sigourney Weaver heads to TV in USA's Political Animals

As previously announced, Lone Star's James Wolk will play Doug, one of Elaine's sons who serves as her Chief of Staff. Brittany Ishibashi will play Doug's fiancée.

Gugino's credits include Watchmen, American Gangster and Entourage.

Political Animals comes from Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Dirty Sexy Money), who wrote and will direct the pilot, as well as serve as an executive producer with Laurence Mark.