Academy Award winner and 2011 Media Access Awards host Marlee Matlin has been attached to star in the new Disney+ comedy series Life and Deaf, which she is also executive producing.

According to Deadline Hollywood, “Life and Deaf is a half-hour family comedy about a kid growing up in the ‘70s with deaf parents — and the mischief that ensues when, as their ears and mouthpiece, he is given the ‘keys to the kingdom.’”

As a presenter at the 2018 MAAs, Matlin declared, “Being in the business for 33 years, I’ve always said that I wanted to see more deaf and hard-of-hearing people get jobs in the entertainment industry as writers, actors and producers.” Life and Deaf and Matlin’s previous series, This Close, are certainly large steps forward. Congratulations, Marlee!