Catherine Zeta-Jones is set to play Hollywood legend Olivia de Havilland in the upcoming anthology series “Feud” on FX, her first TV role in two decades.
The third anthology drama for producer Ryan Murphy following the success of his “American Horror Story” and this year’s “American Crime Story,” this one centers on a different famous feud every season.
The first eight-episode season puts the focus on the famous rivalry that occurred between Joan Crawford (played by Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (played by Susan Sarandon) during the making of 1962 feature film “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?”.
The feud was a big part of the film’s popularity at the time and helped it land five Oscar nominations. de Havilland was Davis’ close friend and was engaged in a longtime feud with her own sister, actress Joan Fontaine.
Also onboard are Alfred Molina as director Robert Aldrich, Stanley Tucci as studio titan Jack Warner, Judy Davis as gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, and Dominic Burgess as the film’s co-star Victor Buono.
Murphy, Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner will executive produce and Murphy will direct several episodes. Shooting begins this Fall for a 2017 debut on FX.