An Oscar winner is set to play an Oscar winner in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming FX drama. The Feud creator tweeted today that Catherine Zeta-Jones will portray Olivia de Havilland in the anthology series’ first installment:
The network has given an eight-episode, straight-to-series order to Feud, which will explore famous feuds. It hails from Fox 21 TV Studios and Plan B, with Brad Pitt executive producing alongside Murphy.
The first installment of Feud will star former American Horror Story leading lady Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, leading a high-profile cast that also includes Alfred Molina, Stanley Tucci, Judy Davis and Dominic Burgess. It 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. The resulting box office smash What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? ultimately received five Academy Awards nominations and became a cult classic. But for Crawford and Davis, the real horror was working together. Molina will play the film’s director Robert Aldrich, Tucci will portray studio titan Jack Warner, Davis will play gossip columnist Hedda Hopper and Dominic Burgess will be Crawford and Davis’ co-star Victor Buono.
Zeta-Jones won an Oscar for her supporting role as Velma in 2002’s Chicago, and her more recent credits include RED 2, Playing for Keeps and Rock of Ages.