The Oscar-winning actresses will star in a new mini-series from Ryan Murphy.
Earlier this month, FX announced one of its most anticipated TV projects yet—Feud, another mini-series from Ryan Murphy, which will explore the dynamic between Bette Davis and Joan Crawford during their Hollywood heyday. To play the famously salty grandes dames of cinema, Murphy tapped Oscar-winning actresses Susan Sarandon and his regular collaborator Jessica Lange. And on Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival, Sarandon revealed that she is understandably nervous for the task of playing Davis, such a larger-than-life icon.
“I don’t know how it’s going to turn out,” Sarandon admitted during a Kering Woman in Motion conversation. “I’m doing Bette Davis next, with Jessica Lange playing Joan Crawford. . .I’m kinda scared.”
Few details about the project have been released, and Sarandon provided a sliver of additional context for the eight-installment series.
“We’re doing a miniseries with Ryan Murphy about Hollywood and whether or not it has changed since those gals were trying to find their way through,” Sarandon explained. “So that’ll be a stretch and scary.”
“For me it’s always important to be [in] some kind of a love story,” the actress added. “I find
anything that encourages people to make contact is probably the bravest thing you could do, so everything I do is framed as some kind of love story, no matter whether it is sexual or not.”
Per Deadline, Feud “tells the story of the legendary rivalry between two of the greatest movie stars of all time—Joan Crawford (Lange) and Bette Davis (Sarandon), and how they came together in 1962 to collaborate on a picture each hoped would revive their careers. . .But for its leads, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, the real horror was working together.”
That picture was What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, which earned five Oscars and a best-actress Oscar nomination for Davis. Alfred Molina joins the cast as the film’s director Robert Aldrich, Stanley Tucci will play studio titan Jack Warner, and Judy Davis will portray gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Filming is scheduled to begin this fall for a 2017 premiere. Take a look at a scene from the classic, and see why Sarandon might be so nervous.