Hide those wire hangers!
Hamptons regular Susan Sarandon has been cast in TV mega-producer Ryan Murphy’s latest high-profile project. Feud, a new long-form anthology series, will revolve around the rivalry of Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford that began during the making of the 1962 film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Davis and Crawford’s much-publicized disdain for one another added to the popularity of the movie and has become one of Hollywood’s most well-known backstage sagas.
Sarandon will play Davis, while Murphy regular Jessica Lange (American Horror Story) will play Crawford. Also cast: Alfred Molina as the film’s director, Robert Aldrich; Stanley Tucci as studio exec Jack Warner; Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper; and Dominic Burgess as Baby Jane co-star Victor Buono.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Starred Crawford and Davis as aging showbiz sisters. Blanche (Crawford), a beloved Hollywood star now confined to a wheelchair, is cared for by the increasingly resentful and bitter Jane (Davis). Jane slowly begins to lose her mind and decides to exact revenge on her sister, trapping Jane in their home and starving her. Jane becomes increasingly violent and unhinged, leading to an emotional and twisted final confrontation between the sisters. The film’s popularity and notoriety led to much buzz around the two stars.
Feud has received a straight-to-series order and will debut in 2017 on FX. Murphy is a prolific TV producer, having created series like Nip/Tuck, American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Glee and Scream Queens, among others.
Check out a clip of the 1962 film below.